Ready Player One began with a virtual treasure hunt inside an online video game. It’s only appropriate, then, that the sequel, Ready Player Two, kicks off the same way. Instead of reading about characters hunting, though, you can participate, as the Ready Player Two novel is kicking off with a scavenger hunt inside the game Roblox.
The Ready Player Two novel launches on November 24 in the United States and United Kingdom, and the hunt begins a week later, at 10 a.m. PST on December 1. Just like in Ready Player One, the hunt will take place across seven “experiences” inside the Roblox platform. If you win, you’ll win a collection of Ready Player Two-themed virtual goods for use inside Roblox. That’s not exactly winning a reclusive game designer’s entire fortune and game corporation, but it’ll have to do.
If you’re not familiar with Roblox, that means you’re probably not a parent (and are probably old enough to read this website). Roblox isn’t a game so much as it is a platform. The free-to-play platform, which launched in 2006, lets users create games complete with in-game purchases. The platform has over 160 million active users; over half of kids in the United States play the game according to the Roblox Corporation, helped along by the COVID-19 pandemic.