Sega Is Attempting to Make Puyo Puyo an Esports Staple

Sega just announced the newest Puyo Puyo game, and it’s made for competitions. Puyo Puyo eSports, as its name implies, is setting its sights on the esports scene. The game is already recognized by JESU, the Japanese Esports Union, and this installment will aim to legitimize it further.

As of right now, Puyo Puyo eSports is a Japan-only title and will go for 1,999 yen. It will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on October 25, 2018. The game is intended to help the competitive scene grow.

Check out the trailer (which is in Japanese) here:

Puyo Puyo eSports can be played with up to four people, either locally or online. A Puyo Puyo match uses standard Puyo Puyo rules, though there are elements of Puyo Puyo Fever in there. In addition, there will be 8-player offline tournaments and twenty-four fan-favorite playable characters.

The JESU is an organization dedicated to promoting esports events and licensing professional players. Its members include Sony, Microsoft, and more. Sega Holdings President and COO Hideki Okamura is the chairman of the JESU.

Puyo Puyo was last seen on the PS4 in 2017, with Puyo Puyo Tetris. If you’re familiar with that game, then you’ll notice that the Puyo Puyo eSports is very similar aesthetically.

Puyo Puyo eSports releases in Japan on October 25, 2018 for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Puyo Puyo isn’t the only puzzle game with a new entry on the way. Tetris is also getting a new installment this fall, with Tetris Effect.

[Source: Polygon]