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Sequel to Ready Player One novel coming this November

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When Ernest Cline released his sci-fi novel Ready Player One back in 2011, it immediately resonated with gamers in how it portrayed the future of 2045, where people got to live out their entire lives through a massive virtual reality world known as the Oasis. This was something which many gamers who had invested hundreds of hours playing MMOs could certainly relate to. It’s also a future that feels like it could happen, even if the capitalistic world it takes place in is not exactly a positive one.  

And that future was experienced by an even wider number of people when Steven Spielberg adapted Ready Player One into a 2018 movie crammed with Cline’s nostalgic 1980s tributes and geeky wonders. The film ended up grossing $582.2 million worldwide, which means that plenty of people would pay to see more of that nerdy future. Well they’re getting it as publisher Ballantine Books (via THR) has announced that Kline’s long-awaited book sequel will finally be coming out on November 24 and is titled Ready Player Two.

Okay, so the name is not exactly an exciting one and feels a bit silly, but it does all depend on where Cline takes the story rather than what it is called. We don’t know what that story is exactly, but the writer has previously revealed that he loved Spielberg’s adaptation of his book a lot (even though it had to change many elements for licensing reasons) and he even bounced a few ideas off of the director during the filming of Ready Player One. This could mean that the book sequel could be aimed at the movie audiences as well, but Cline also explained that he was trying to do a book follow-up rather than a movie sequel. Either way, we can probably expect an actual movie sequel to be announced soon afterwards.

I read the first book and while I didn’t like everything about it, it thought it was a fun read and hopefully the follow up can offer the same sort of escapism and geeky nostalgia. Also considering we might not make it out of this year alive, we might as well get as much fun out of dreaming about the future as possible.

Last Updated: July 10, 2020


  1. BradeLunner

    July 10, 2020 at 12:30

    There’s always that one guy, and today it’sa me! After loving the book and the rose tinted glasses it came with, I really thought Spielberg was the perfect director for the movie yet it ended up just missing that Spielberg magic for me. So not so sure about the book sequel but still looking forward to it


    • MechMachine

      July 10, 2020 at 13:20

      Some of the moments were too on the nose. It’s weird, but the pop culture references were almost too mainstream.


      • BradeLunner

        July 10, 2020 at 13:56

        I think you might have nailed it! The book felt intimate and kind of personal – especially the actual puzzle solving and gaming parts of it, it was tougher being the geek growing up in the era the book glorifies than it is now, whereas the movie was made to be for a broader audience


  2. Llama In The Rift

    July 10, 2020 at 08:47

    Movie was good fun, just to see all those game characters,worlds and Easter eggs was a nostalgic trip,

    One thing that they nailed 100% in the movie was Activision/EA


    • Iskape

      July 10, 2020 at 09:14

      I haven’t even watched Ready Player One yet!


    • Lu

      July 10, 2020 at 09:49

      Oh man when the dude went Gundum I had a squeee moment. Even though he too possibly the weakest version (albeit most recognized), it was still fan service at the highest level.


    • Iskape

      July 10, 2020 at 09:14

      I haven’t even watched Ready Player One yet!


      • Llama In The Rift

        July 10, 2020 at 10:29

        If you love games and pop culture around nerdy stuff it’s worth the watch, just don’t think to deep about the plot line and characters, just enjoy the action, lots of WOW moments.

        And might juts give you an idea of where gaming might take us in the future, a future where you’ll never want to leave you’re virtual reality. If our reality ain’t already virtual that is.


  3. The Big Bad Wolf

    July 10, 2020 at 10:04

    I very much look forward to setting critical fire to this book.


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