A New Peggle Game Is Still Coming to Your Phone

The "much-anticipated new Peggle game" EA's CEO referenced yesterday is the mobile game we've heard a bit about previously.

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During a conference call with investors yesterday, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson referenced a "much-anticipated new Peggle game" that is in the testing phase. EA confirmed with GameSpot today that the game he was speaking about is the mobile title we heard about earlier this year.

Back in May, EA launched a version of a new, free-to-play Peggle game on the iOS app store in markets like New Zealand and Singapore. It's a common occurrence for mobile games to be released earlier in smaller markets before launching worldwide. In this case, it was done to test the game during development, hence the reason we have yet to get our hands on it elsewhere in the world.

"We've released [a] very early version of a mobile Peggle game in select markets as a way of bringing players closer to our development process and getting real feedback from our fans," an EA spokesperson told GameSpot. "This new Peggle game is still in development, and we're making lots of changes during these test releases to make sure we bring our community the best, most enjoyable Peggle experience. We'll have more information on this new version in the coming months."

When the test version of the free-to-play Peggle was released, we learned a few details about how it worked: Players have a limited number of lives, and running out means having to either wait for more or paying to get some immediately. It's possible this structure will change prior to its release, but that model is not an uncommon one for free-to-play mobile games. Another free-to-play mobile game from EA, Dungeon Keeper, was widely criticized following its release earlier this year, a reality which EA executives have acknowledged on more than one occasion.

The new direction that Wilson has outlined for EA is to make the company a "player-first" one. Part of that entails getting player feedback earlier in the development process and not releasing games until they are "great." Just yesterday, the company announced it would delay Battlefield Hardline until early 2015 in order to craft a better game.

The most recent Peggle game is Peggle 2, a timed exclusive for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Plans for its release on non-Xbox platforms have yet to be announced. We've requested an update on this, but we're unlikely to get any concrete details as the timed exclusivity no doubt entails keeping such information under wraps for now.

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12 comments
spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Too bad that future efforts on Peggle are F2P games.  I liked Peggle 1 & 2 (and their DLCs) a lot, but I will completely skip any F2P Peggle games.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

No, no, NO! Stop it EA, do not ruin this game, it is so awesome :( We will see another attempt to milk us which could totally ruin this great IP :(

EcksTheory
EcksTheory

Maybe get the first one working again should be more of a priority.

xcollector
xcollector

If I have to pay for lives how is that different from plunking coins into arcade machines, or free? So plunk a coin or wait 10 minutes for your next chance? W T F !

With Peggle's addictive gameplay this will sadly get a lot of money out of the casual mobile crowd and make it successful for EA.

As for me I don't think I'll ever be buying another EA game again. It isn't hard to live up to that when they keep releasing crap.

guydude3412
guydude3412

No! I love peggle! Keep it on the consoles, EA! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

[/sarcasm]OMG, NO WAY!! I WAS SO WAITING FOR THAT!!11[/sarcasm]

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

More free to play crap that will end up costing me significantly more than if I could just purchase the game outright. No thanks.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@bfeinberg 

Those God damn cheeseburgers are making me fatter than if I could stuff my piehole less. Those frikin cigarettes give me more lung cancer than if I didn't smoke. These damn kids are giving me more headaches than if I just used a rubber.

Super_C
Super_C

@bfeinberg I can't wait for this "pay to win" model to die a horrible death.  Just let me pay you for the game!

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@xsonicchaos  When I first read that I thought you said "stuff my peehole" instead of "stuff my piehole."  Ha!  Well, now that issue is cleared up I've gone from being very confused by your post to just confused.