Puzzle Quest 3 Announced for 2021 Release

Puzzle Quest 3 is coming this year.
Puzzle Quest 3 is coming this year. / Photo courtesy of Infinity Plus Two/505 Games

Puzzle Quest 3 is coming to mobile and PC in 2021, reviving a decade-old franchise built on the unlikely combination of match-three puzzles and a high fantasy RPG.

The new game will be a direct sequel to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, the first game in the series, ignoring the sequel released in 2010. Five hundred years after the events of the first game, players will return to the world of Etheria, where they'll fight 1-v-1 battles against enemies by matching gems to fuel their magical powers.

This will be the first game in the series to incorporate a 3D game world or to be free to play. Original Puzzle Quest developer Infinity Plus Two will once again helm development, this time under the ownership of publisher 505 Games, which purchased it earlier this month. It says the new game will have new gameplay, but has yet to describe the changes. The game's monetization strategy also remains under wraps.

Taking a cult classic game like Puzzle Quest free to play represents a significant risk. Botching the game's microtransactions could quickly burn up the goodwill around the modest series.

505 Games will reveal more information about the game as the year progresses.