PopCap Planning Social Features, More Social Network Versions of Classics

Casual gaming master PopCap is hoping to integrate social features into all its games in the future, senior designer Dave Bishop explained during a talk at Develop 2010, as well as rolling out new social network games "based on PopCap's classic franchises."

Bishop gave the example of a future Peggle instalment showing players which 'Peggle masters' their friends are using, so they can question and taunt them appropriately.

New versions of unspecified PopCap franchises--a list also including Bookworm and Plants vs. Zombies--are planned for social networking sites, no doubt hoping to repeat the success of Bejeweled Blitz. According to Bishop, the Facebook title has ten million monthly users--a third of which play daily--and an average session time of 43 minutes. Blitz is supported by standalone PC and iPhone editions as well as microtransactions.

PopCap is due to reveal something Plants vs. Zombies-related on August 2. Initial speculation has pointed towards a sequel for the lawn defense game.

From The Chatty
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    July 13, 2010 10:03 AM

    Go ahead and integrate, just don't force me to use them... give me the option. I'm not a fan of social networking sites like MySpace or FaceBook and really don't care to have them shoved down my throat just so I can access some other feature of the game.

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      July 13, 2010 10:06 AM

      Bejeweled's Blitz mode on the iPhone does this - it can publish to Facebook optionally. Of course the nature of the game mode (a hard timer) makes it sorta pointless if you're not doing Facebook.

      I downloaded the Farmville app for the iPhone and thought I'd just see what it was like but it requires a Facebook login - fuck that

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        July 13, 2010 11:01 AM

        it connects to your facebook farm afaik, it's a companion app.

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          July 13, 2010 2:29 PM

          Yeah I was hoping it was connected maybe to Zynga direct. No way in hell do I put Farmville stuff in my Facebook profile

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      July 13, 2010 11:32 AM

      Same, i don't care about facebook, twitter and all the rest. It's a waste of time, and if i wanted to talk to someone i'd actually talk to them.

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      July 13, 2010 5:41 PM

      Amen brother

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