Sony Online Entertainment/PopCap deal
Bejeweled 2, Zuma, Heavy Weapon, Peggle and Feeding Frenzy headed for the PlayStation Network.
Sony Online Entertainment and PopCap Games Announce Publishing Agreement that Brings Five New Titles to the PSN
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Jan. 29, 2009 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and PopCap Games Inc. announced an exclusive publishing agreement that will bring five hit titles to the PlayStation®Network, with the first, Bejeweled® 2, being available immediately for download in North America with European versions to follow at a later date. Fan favorites, Zuma™, Heavy Weapon™, Peggle™ and Feeding Frenzy™ will also become available for download soon thereafter.
“As leaders in their genre, PopCap is to casual games what SOE is to MMOs,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “Being the second largest publisher on the PlayStation Network, SOE is excited that this partnership will expand the PlayStation®Network catalog with awesome casual titles that players of all types can enjoy.”
Beginning today, Bejeweled 2 is scheduled to be available for purchase from the PlayStation® Store for $9.99 (plus applicable taxes) and features four unique ways to play the time-honored Match-3 game. Players can solve handcrafted brainteasers in Puzzle mode while up against the clock or kick back, relax and rack up the points in Endless mode. With awe-inspiring planetary backdrops, explosive new gems and dazzling special effects, Bejeweled 2 is more wildly irresistible than ever before!
- PlayStation®Network Trophies!
- PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Remote Play
- Stunning 3D special effects and HD resolution (up 1080p).
- Explosive new pieces: power gems, hyper cubes and time bombs!
- Four ways to play: Classic, Action, Puzzle and Endless modes
- Explore a galaxy of handcrafted puzzles in Puzzle mode.
- Play for eternity and collect jewelry in relaxing Endless mode.
- Discover secret game modes!
- Hint-on-demand feature!
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Tucson, AZ and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.
SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
PopCap Games Inc. ( www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform provider of “casual games” — fun, easy-to-learn, irresistible computer games that appeal to everyone from ages 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 200 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin and Shanghai. Its timeless games have been downloaded more than one billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 25 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap’s games are played on the Web, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only casual games developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including Web portals, retail stores, consoles, mobile phones and MP3 players.