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'Hunger Games' also a social media game on Facebook

"The Hunger Games" won't just play out in movie theaters next weekend. Katniss, Peeta and the rest of the citizens of Panem will be invading Facebook, too, as part of a new social-media game.
/ Source: Reuters

"The Hunger Games" won't just play out in movie theaters next weekend.

Katniss, Peeta and the rest of the citizens of Panem will be invading Facebook, too, as part of a new social-media game.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels tapped gaming company Funtactix to create "The Hunger Games Adventures," and TheWrap has an exclusive look at the team's handiwork.

In the game, fans will be able to undertake their own District 12 quests alongside Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Haymitch. They also are able to journey to other districts, collect virtual items and try to survive the wilderness.

Currently in its beta stage, the game will officially launch Friday, alongside the film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Like other social media games, it's free to play.

Funtactix CEO Sam Glassenberg said the company has been working on designing the game for nearly two years.

"'Hunger Games' has everything we look for in a movie," Glassenberg told TheWrap. "There's a mission, a universe rich with compelling characters and an active fanbase."

For fans, it also provides a Katniss fix without the hassle of having to fight the crowds for tickets to all those sold out midnight shows.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)