PopCap is making a class-based, third-person shooter based on their tower defense game.
It will miss its planned “late spring” release date, but the sequel is still coming.
Valve has acquired Star Filled Studios, the San Francisco-based startup founded by two former PopCap employees who worked on Plants Vs Zombies. Between them, Jeff Gates and Tod Semple’s CVs also include stints at Maxis. Blizzard and LucasArts, and following this acquisition, the company is now planning to open a new San Francisco office to act as a Valve subsidiary.
A sequel to Plants Vs Zombies will be released next spring, PopCap has confirmed.Announced in a brief press release, the untitled sequel will "include a bevy of new features, settings and situations designed to delight the franchise's tens of millions of fans around the world."
Casual gaming king PopCap has released Bejeweled for Google's Chrome browser, with Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle to be available on Android Market later this week.
Forget Dark Souls, one of the hardest games around is Minecraft, says RPG maker Jeff Vogel. For adults. As we've noticed ourselves, kids have no problem simply playing it, dreaming up projects to make and do, made spellbound by possibilities. But adults? Vogel, who runs Avernum developer Spiderweb Software, says:
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Founded 2000Location DublinEmployees 475Key staff John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka, foundersURL www.popcap.comSelected softography Bejeweled, Feeding Frenzy, Chuzzle, Peggle, Plants Vs Zombies, ZumaCurrent projects Peggle for iPad, unannounced social project
The formula for the perfect game may be an area of hot discussion, but most would argue that games that are easy to get into and difficult to put down goes along the right lines. Players' early experience of a game is critical: this is the period in which they're making up their minds whether to devote more time, and often money, to the rest of it. So how do we make games with a polished early experience? Let's take some lessons from a game which I think does it incredibly well, PopCap's Plants Vs Zombies.
PopCap has announced a global agreement with Sony Ericsson that will see its games pre-loaded on the Xperia mini range of smartphones and "officially mark the arrival of PopCap’s game titles on Android devices in Europe."