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505 Games recently acquired developer Infinity Plus Two, a studio that owned the rights to the Puzzle Quest match-3 series. This series started in 2007 and is remembered with love thanks to the fact that it popularized RPG mechanics in match-3 games, adding depth to the genre, all while providing a reasonable price point. Of course, things have changed in the last 14 years, and now the match-3 genre is quite synonymous with terrible revenue generation, especially on mobile. 505 Games has just announced that they will bring Puzzle Quest 3 to mobile and PC later this year. Unfortunately, we already know that the developer is planning to launch the title as a free-to-play release, so I would not get my hopes up for this long-awaited follow-up, as the stated direction is worrying.
505 Games has released a trailer for Puzzle Quest 3 along with the announcement that the game will be released later this year. As you would expect, none of the game has been shown. The trailer is a movie. So for now, no one knows what Puzzle Quest 3 will look like or what it will play like.
What we do know is that the game will feature a 1-on-1 combat system of some kind, and that the story will take place 500 years after the events of the original Puzzle Quest. So at least new game mechanics are planned, although I’m careful that this will simply signal the arrival of violent F2P systems. So here’s 505 Games hoping not to use their newly acquired Puzzle Quest license to make money. Of course, there is no way to know right now how things will turn out, so hopefully the 505 will have more to share in the future that will shed some light on how the studio plans to monetize the title. Until then, you can sign up for game updates at official website.
505 GAMES REVIEW PUZZLE QUESTION 3, BRAND NEW INSTALLATION FOR ORIGINAL SERIES
Hit Franchise continues its legacy as a free-to-play multiplatform debut in 2021
CALABASAS, California – January 21, 2021 – Global video game publishers 505 Games today announced Puzzle Quest 3 (PQ3), a brand new part of the groundbreaking and highly successful puzzle RPG series. This will be the first official release during 505 Games, following the recent acquisition of Infinity Plus Two, the Australian game development studio and creators of the critically acclaimed Puzzle Quest series, which has generated over $ 200 million in revenue and a total of an estimated 32 million users. globally under the franchise. The team is on track to deliver PQ3 as a multiplatform free-to-play (F2P) title to be launched later this year.
“After an overwhelming demand from fans over the last decade for the next part of Puzzle Quest, we are excited to finally unveil the development of Puzzle Quest 3,” said Steve Fawkner, CEO and Creative Lead of Infinity Plus Two. “The vision for this latest project has been years in the making, and like any good Puzzle Quest game, there is a delicate balance between gameplay, history and strategic puzzle solving as you introduce something unexpected that will appeal to both old and new fans. We can not wait to share PQ3. ”
Puzzle Quest 3 returns to its origins, remembering the deep RPG mechanics and signature heroic stories that made the original a prominent hit in the Match-3 category. Now with a twist on traditional puzzles, PQ3 offers an intense 1-on-1 combat system realized in a 3D gaming world. Playing 500 years after the original Puzzle Quest, players will embark on a heroic journey across Etheria to discover the meaning behind the old Red Dragon’s dying words.
Puzzle Quest defined the puzzle RPG genre, creating a beloved franchise with a rich heritage that continues to resonate with a player base of millions globally today. Worked as Steve [Fawkner] and his team has done to reintroduce the franchise, as an F2P experience across multiple platforms will undoubtedly reinvent the puzzle genre again. As a unified publishing and development team, we have created a path for the franchise that puts the player first, so that we can best serve our growing community, ”said Clive Robert, Head of Free-to-Play at 505 Games.
Puzzle Quest 3 has a whole new adventure to become the ultimate hero, fight and build a legacy in exciting head-to-head combat. The game includes an immersive combat system where players unleash torture formulations and crippling attacks through the power of pearl crushing in an improved turn-based system. Puzzle Quest 3 pushes the boundaries of the genre again by introducing new and imaginative game mechanics. The game will be available to fans worldwide, across a wide range of mobile devices and PCs later this year, with more platforms to be announced.
Prepare for a new mission and get updates on Puzzle Quest 3 through the official game website at www.PuzzleQuest3.com, and follow us on social media: Facebook and Twitter @ puzzlequest3.
Puzzle Quest 3 now available in early access
We did not know when Puzzle Quest 3 would be released on Android when 505 Games announced the match-3 puzzle back in January. It seems that today is the first day of early access, so the game is available for download in the Play Store. As expected, it’s a free-to-play release, and then it’s packed with in-app purchases that range as high as $ 99.99 per item. So if you were hoping to get back to the form for the series, I’m sorry today’s release is not.
For those curious to see exactly what 505 Games has to offer with the early access release of Puzzle Quest 3 on Android, you can still download the free installation from the Play Store widget below.