Seattle’s PopCap Games this morning released a new installment in its classic Bejeweled franchise, but this one comes with a different twist — and for now, at least, we won’t be able to play it here in the U.S.
The game is Bejeweled Legend, for iOS and Android. The first product from PopCap’s Tokyo studio, the game has a pirate theme with elements of role-playing games, and it’s available in Japan in partnership with GREE, the top social gaming platform in the country. PopCap says it’s the first time the company has self-published a game in Japan.
PopCap, acquired last year by Electronic Arts for up to $1.3 billion, says its Tokyo studio worked with GREE to create ”a culturally rich story,” with “rich social components” designed to resonate with gamers in Japan.
Asked if the game might eventually come to the U.S., a spokesman says the company has not plans for that right now but is “always exploring ways to bring new and engaging experiences to consumers here in the U.S. as well as abroad.”