Capcom is bringing back its gem crushing classic game Puzzle Fighter for mobile devices, running on Android and iOS as a free-to-play title.
It’s been ten years since the series has been out on any platform, but Puzzle Fighter’s popularity has remained as a cult-classic. Capcom’s rollout of the game will start off slow, as other titles have when launching world-wide.
“Initially we will be soft launching Puzzle Fighter in select countries soon,” writes Capcom. “[The] team is working towards a global release planned for late 2017.”
Soft launching games gives developers the ability to work out any bugs that might have gone unnoticed. Some issues don’t always show up until the game gets into the hands of a large amount of people. This will let Capcom work out those problems so everyone in the world won’t have to deal with the headaches that may creep up.
Players will be able to play in real-time puzzle battles against players around the world and see how they stack up in world-wide leaderboards. There will be “rewarding” single player content and have loads of unlockable material.
With Puzzle Fighter primed to be a free-to-play game, it’s sure to come packed with in-app purchases that might be a clue as to what the “unlockable” content may be.
The Puzzle Fighter series debuted in 1996 with the release of Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo for arcades and the original PlayStation. Capcom would remaster the title for high-definition in 2007 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.