Kei has a brief discussion on the news leaked on Tuesday 18th September 2018.
After rumours of a possible tournament expansion after discussions from the Pro Japanese Players with Sega’s eSports teams, and after seeing Puyo Puyo eSports appear as a placeholder on the South Korean and Taiwanese Game Ratings Boards, Sega have finally confirmed that the newest title in the Puyo Puyo series is the aptly named Puyo Puyo eSports!
The purpose of Puyo Puyo eSports (PPe for short) is that it’ll be the official client for events and tournaments, and was in development as the game to promote Puyo as a platform since March 2018 after Sega applied to the Japanese eSports Union (JeSU).
The game will centre around Puyo Puyo Tsu (Classic) and Puyo Puyo Fever as its rules of choice. It will also feature a tournament mode where up to 8 players can take part in some quickfire straight knockout action. The game features online play, with an interesting note:
Tom Nadja has confirmed that Puyo Puyo eSports lists every country, US state and Japanese Prefecture. Whether these are the remnants of Puyo Puyo Tetris remains to be seen, but given the game will release in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, there’s every hope that we’ll see Puyo Puyo eSports localised for a Western release, something Tom himself is advocating!
As well as online play, for players who aren’t necessarily at the Pro level, the game supports a Boost mode to allow for handicap matches to go ahead, thus keeping the game open to everyone of all skill levels. In addition, you can customise your icon to reflect your favourite character.
From the PV (which you can see below), we got the first look at the Character Select roster. It’s evident that Sega have reused assets from Puyo Puyo Tetris to help cut down on development time, but we can see characters from Puyo Puyo Quest make an appearance, as well as Allie from Puyo Puyo Chronicle, and the return of three Compile legends in Lagnus, Harpy and Seriri, which is a fantastic homage to the original company that created this glorious puzzler we know and love!
In addition, the game will launch on Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4 in Japan on the 25th of October 2018, which will coincidentally mark the 27th anniversary of Puyo Puyo (which first released on the MSX2 on 25/10/1991)! It will be priced for 1,999 yen (approximately £14).
On top of this, an Arcade version of the game (working title) is in development, which will mark the next Puyo game since Puyo Puyo Fever in 2004.
PV for Puyo Puyo eSports.
Hopefully Sega will localise this game in English, as PuyoGB will be fully supporting this game when it releases. Rest assured however that we will not be stopping our support for Puyo Puyo Tetris, particularly with Swap Mode and Mixed Doubles VS featuring a prominence in the near future, but for now, we’re fully backing Puyo Puyo eSports and are hopeful Sega will localise for the Western markets.