BBC launches its first online multiplayer game – Nightfall

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The BBC has launched Nightfall, which it said is its first online multiplayer game aimed at young players.

Available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices, as well as online, the free game is packed with mystery and adventure. It aims to unite young players with their friends in a safe gaming environment.

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Based on an original IP, Nightfall begins with players falling asleep and entering a dream world.

There they become Nightfallers, working with fellow gamers to fight off enemy characters – Nags and Nightmares – who threaten their dreams.

Players can either choose to play as a guest or they can sign in with their BBC account, which will save their progress.

When signed in, their characters will increase in strength as they advance through the game, unlocking new outfits and items players can use to customise their Nightfaller.

Creating a positive and safe gaming experience is at the heart of Nightfall. To protect players, the game doesn’t include loot boxes, ads or micro-transactions.

The game also prevents players from sharing personal information whilst interacting with one another. It limits in-game communication to pre-set ’emoji’ style icons rather than open text fields or voice chat.

Web browsers

In addition to an app, Nightfall is also playable on most web browsers. This allows cross-play between those on desktop and mobile devices.

“Nightfall is a wonderful new game that puts collaboration before competition, giving young gamers the opportunity to team up and work together to defeat the enemy characters”, Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s and Education said.

“It’s also been designed with safety at its heart. We’ve carefully built this game in such a way that that children can feel free to play, explore and have fun with their friends online. While parents can have confidence that they’re doing so in a safe and secure environment.“

Nightfall was produced for BBC Children’s by independent games studio Goodboy Digital, who have previously worked with the BBC on apps like CBeebies Get Creative and games like Doctor Who Time Vortex VR.

Nightfall is now available in the UK on the iOS, Android and Amazon app stores and the BBC website.