Bejeweled 3 hitting all major platforms this year

PopCap bringing gem-matching game to Xbox 360, Xbox Live, PS3, PSN, and DS in Q4 in NA and Europe; publisher claims one copy in series sold every 4.3 seconds.

by

PopCap's Bejeweled series is one of the publisher's biggest, with the franchise selling some 50 million units life-to-date. The series grew in December, when the well-received Bejeweled 3 shipped for the PC. Now, that game is scheduled to arrive for a much broader audience by the end of the year.

Bejeweled 3 is being released on all major platforms this holiday season.

PopCap today sent word that Bejeweled 3 will ship for the Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo DS during Q4 2011. According to PopCap, this marks the first time a Bejeweled game has shipped for all "top video game platforms" simultaneously.

The Bejeweled franchise--which originated in 2000--is one of the top 10 video game franchises of all time, according to PopCap. Further, the publisher claims that 8 billion hours have been spent playing Bejeweled games and that a game in the series is sold every 4.3 seconds.

As for Bejeweled 3, the game's simple play mechanics see players presented with a field of gems, with the goal of swapping the place of two adjacent baubles to form a sequence of three or more and clear them from the board. The game awards bonus points and score multipliers for extended sequences.

Discussion

12 comments
IMDLEGEND
IMDLEGEND

Good news, but Bejeweled 3 was a bit of a disappointment for me. It was not the leap that Bejeweled 2 was over Bejeweled 1. This is the problem to building the sequel to the perfect game.

sagelund
sagelund

I love how on the video when it gets to actual gameplay, everything just sorta gets slow and boring, and then it tries to burst into guitar playing again.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Never quite got the appeal of this series. It's purty, sure, but the game has always seemed like dumb luck to me. Tetris, sure... perfect blend of speed, critical thinking, and dexterity. This is just pretty rocks falling around and making fun noises.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Bejeweled always reminded me of the original Pack-in game for the Sega Gear gear columns. I did play Bejeweled 2 on the Xbox live arcade vol 1 disc. if they ever port it over to PSvita I'll get it. 50 million sold for this series not bad PopCap.

pszone
pszone

One Word if they going to realse it on ps3 ,xbox360 in shops why do they company realse more just one game in shops not going to sale just one game when come to the shops. But it will sale if only for PSN,XBOXLIVE , PC.

trebl1
trebl1

But will it be Kinect enabled... ?

Chargrilled
Chargrilled

ipad isnt mentioned either, and its strange that it isnt because touch screen is a perfect device for these sort of mouse controlled games. nowhere near as easy to play with a controller.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Not all major platforms. Wii isn't listed, and last time I checked, it's a major platform.

servb0ts
servb0ts

too bad fast food can't learn from these guys lol.

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

Xeogua
Xeogua

Xbox 360 and XBLA, and PS3 and PSN?