The match-3 game has come an awfully long way from its humble Bejeweled origins, with developers re-purposing the formula in a myriad of ways. But my favourite twist on the genre remains one of the classics: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. It was layered. It had plenty of challenge. There was plenty of content to work through. The setting made sense. And it was all within the realm of a match-3 game.
There was no announcement on the PlayStation blog at the time of writing, but a listing has gone up on the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) site. The ratings database only has a listing for a PS4 launch of the 2007 indie, although it wouldn't be inconceivable for Puzzle Quest to be ported to the Xbox One in due course.
Seeing the original Puzzle Quest make a return is welcome news following the proliferation of Puzzle Quest spin-offs of late. The most recent was the Magic: The Gathering spin-off and, before that, Marvel Puzzle Quest. Other collaborations for the formula include venturing into the land of Adventure Time and as a mobile tie-in for the asymmetrical monster hunter Evolve.
I have no beef with the IP or franchise expanding in this way, but all I really wanted was an updated original. And it seems like — at least on PS4 — that is precisely what we're getting. No further details are available at this stage, but when we know more we'll keep you posted.