Ready Player Two is about Halliday’s hidden quest for his successor as Wade sees the stakes for humanity’s future raised yet again
For those who loved the Steven Spielberg movie, the Wil Wheaton narrated audiobook or even just the homage to classic gaming paperback, Ready Player One is set for a sequel called
Ready Player Two. Set for release everywhere in the world where books, ebooks, and audiobooks are available, November 24th.
The book synopsis was revealed during NYCC 2020 Metaverse and was read by Wil Wheaton and is transcribed below:
“An unexpected Quest. Two Worlds at stake. Are you ready?
Days after OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS more wondrous — and addictive — then even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest, a last Easter egg from Holiday, hinting at a mysterious prize, and an unexpected, impossibly powerful, new and dangerous rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time, the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.”
The panel also delved into Ernest’s humble origins as a broke tech specialist who lived in a trailer park. Experiences that translated directly into Ready Player One.
The original novel followed the story of Wade Watts, a trailer park kid growing up in the Stacks (the slums) Ohio, with no real friends, no money, and no real hope in mind. Whose only escape was the VR reality known as the Oasis, a videogame meta-haven incorporating every form of pop culture related entertainment, along with societies most prosperous businesses and living currency, and the final paradise of an environmentally ravaged and resource-scarce Earth.
After a final Easter Egg challenge left by the Oasis’ creator, Wade goes on a quest that ultimately leads him on a journey of discovery, finding friends, paying homage to his favorite creator, and even, something more. There are also loads of 1980s pop culture references in ready Player One, along with a small homage to the evolution and history of gaming. It’s one of the most thoughtfully crafted adventures, and its massive fanbase, including myself, are more than excited to read the sequel.