Sega’s long-running primarily Japanese puzzle game series Puyo Puyo is getting a special version of the game next month. Titled Puyo Puyo eSports, this version is designed for use in eSports and other competitive events.
Puyo Puyo is a puzzle game very similar to Tetris. You have colored blobs, the titular Puyos, dropping from the top of the screen and you clear them by having four of the same color touching each other. There are also multiplayer modes that add twists to the rules. For instance, the normal VS. mode lets you send garbage Puyos by chaining long combos.
In aesthetics, Puyo Puyo eSports closely resembles the 2014 Puyo Puyo Tetris, which was also the series’s most recent American title. Meanwhile, the gameplay lets players use rulesets from either Puyo Puyo 2 (released in 1994) or Puyo Puyo Fever (released in 2003). The game lets players choose from 24 classic characters from different Puyo Puyo games.
Sega is highly invested in this game being an eSports title. The game has authorization from the Japanese eSports Union (JeSU), an organization established in cooperation with the Japanese government. Its goal is the promotion and dissemination of eSports in the country. The JeSU is also responsible for providing actual licenses to professional eSports players. JeSU includes developers and publishers like Arc System Works, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Konami, Microsoft, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. In addition, the chairman of JeSU, Hideki Okamura, is president and COO of Sega Holdings, Sega’s parent company.
Puyo Puyo eSports hits the eSports scene as a digital purchase on October 25 for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The game is also getting an arcade version. Unfortunately, these release dates are for Japan only, and there’s no word so far of an international release.
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