Smurfs Village dev working on Peanuts mobile game

By Steve Watts, Aug 03, 2011 7:45am PDT

Beeline Interactive, the Capcom team behind the iPhone title Smurfs' Village, has announced another licensed project, this time based on the classic Peanuts comic strip. The free-to-play mobile game is untitled so far. You can expect to see appearances from characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy, among others, when the game launches this fall.

Before Smurfs' Village, Beeline worked on Zombie Cafe and Lil' Pirates. Each of the games has enjoyed a positive reception -- Smurfs' Village in particular, with more than 18,000 5-star reviews on the App Store. Beeline's games have each been free-to-play, but successful earners regardless thanks to its aggressive approach to microtransactions.

Smurfs' Village has been especially lucrative for Capcom, thanks to the success of the game's smurfberries currency. The company's forceful use of in-game currency in a children's game has drawn the ire of some parents. However, iOS allows parents to turn off in-app purchasing since small children can have sticky fingers.

Beeline commented about their upcoming Peanuts game in a press release. "Charles Schulz' Peanuts characters are adored and recognized throughout the world," said Beeline president Midori Yuasa. "We're thrilled to be working with Peanuts Worldwide to bring these cherished characters to smartphones and smart devices. With our success and experience in the smartphone freemium category we're confident that we can deliver a social game that Peanuts' fans will love."

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