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Hasbro announces Ms. Monopoly, 'the first game where women make more than men'

Hasbro has just announced another new version of Monopoly that's sure to spark no terrible hot takes whatsoever.

The game company Tuesday unveiled Ms. Monopoly, which it calls a "celebration of women entrepreneurs and inventors." In it, female players start the game with more money than men and also collect more when passing "go." The front cover declares it "the first game where women make more than men."

This, Hasbro said in a statement to CNN, is a "fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men," although the company adds that "if men play their cards right, they can make more money too." Rather than purchasing properties, players will "invest in inventions created by women — things like Wi-Fi and chocolate chip cookies," with the goal being to highlight "iconic things that wouldn't exist without women." This is the first time a new mascot has been on the cover of a game of Monopoly, Hasbro told ABC News.

For the many, many people heavily invested in Monopoly canon, Ms. Monopoly herself is apparently Mr. Monopoly's niece, and a "self-made investment guru." A video to promote the game posted by Hasbro celebrates female inventors, some of whom Hasbro gifts with real, non-Monopoly money while encouraging viewers to "be a game-changer." Naturally, the heartwarming video sparked plenty of angry Twitter replies. This comes after Hasbro's Monopoly Socialism ruffled plenty of feathers late last month.

One of the new tokens in Ms. Monopoly is a watch, which, in a bit of a stretch, Hasbro's Jen Boswinkel told USA Today is because it's "about time for some changes." Ms. Monopoly will be released next week, making it available just in time for some perfectly uncontroversial, non-argumentative family fun this Thanksgiving.