The games company Winning UK has recently announced that they are developing a new and updated Oxford Monopoly board. Unlike the old board, the new Monopoly board offers the opportunity for the public to suggest and vote on the sites that will be featured. A representative of Winning UK has described it as a “new board for a new generation”.
The first Oxford Monopoly board was released in 2001, described in a Winning UK Facebook post as being “hugely popular in its day”. However, the original Oxford board has since been discontinued.
Major Oxford landmarks are expected to be on the board: such as the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, and the Ashmolean. With the new edition, we can also expect the inclusion of new retail spaces, potentially including the Westgate Shopping Centre.
Additionally, on the 12th of May, a person dressed as Mr Monopoly (who may have been a representative of Winning UK) was seen around Oxford at many of the popular tourist destinations, advertising the new Oxford Monopoly board.
When asked to comment on the new Monopoly board, a student told Cherwell: “Really cool to hear that Oxford is getting a board that focuses on the city and not just the university. They’re open to suggestions about what places to include and I hope they add some of Oxford’s many green spaces and parks. Not only will this make an easy gift idea for friends and family, but hopefully the game means tourists will be able to enjoy Oxford from the comfort of their homes”.
Suggestions for the board can be sent to [email protected] before midnight on Thursday 25th May. The new Oxford board is set to be available from November 2023.