PopCap bringing Bejeweled 3 to PSN.
It’s been a long time coming, but finally PopCap are starting to release their big titles simultaneously on PSN along with XBLA, rather than us PSN owners having to endure the cruel wait for SOE to publish said titles. Of course, leading this charge is Bejeweled 3, the latest instalment in the insanely popular puzzle game. Bejeweled 3 features an overhauled visual style, along with a whole host of minigames coming over from all the instalments of the popular franchise, along with some new ones to add that extra flavour. The game is slated to come out “later this year”, and we’ve attached the tailer for the PC version below, so you can get a taste of the game if you haven’t seen it in action yet.
PopCap Games Brings Bejeweled® 3 to Video Game Platforms Later This Year
Latest Adaptations in Famed Bejeweled Franchise Coming in Q4 2011 to Nintendo DS®, PlayStation®3, PSN, Xbox 360®and Xbox LIVE®Arcade
SEATTLE, Washington – June 2 1 , 2011 — PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced plans to bring five new adaptations of its famed Bejeweled® 3 franchise to the Nintendo DS ®, PlayStation ® 3, PSN, Xbox 360 ®, and Xbox LIVE ® Arcade. This move marks the first time a Bejeweled title will appear on all the top video game platforms simultaneously. The games are scheduled to ship in Q4 2011 in both North America and Europe.
“Critics agree that Bejeweled 3 raised the standard for match-3 games to new heights,” said Ed Allard, studio head at PopCap Games. “This holiday, we’re bringing that experience to PlayStation 3, PSN, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Nintendo DS gamers with adaptations that look great and play even better on each platform.”
Originally launched in the spring of 2000, Bejeweled has become one of the top 10 video game franchises in history. More than half a billion people worldwide have played the game, and over 50 million units have been sold across 17 platforms from iPhone to Xbox and even airline seatbacks. An estimated 8 billion hours have been spent playing Bejeweled, and the game continues to sell at the rate of one copy every 4.3 seconds.
With twice the game modes of its predecessor as well as eight mini-games and a complete revision of sound and graphics, Bejeweled 3 is a quantum leap forward in the match-3 category pioneered by the original Bejeweled.
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 400 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap’s games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million units.