Wordament on Xbox LIVE: April 25th

We are really proud to announce the launch date for the next release of Wordament! Although the Wordament service updates daily, the app on Windows Phone hasn’t changed since September 2011. That’s a long time! And we’ve been busy. This is going to be a big update. So big, in fact, that we are planning to spend the next 10 days telling you about the new features, with one new post each day. Today we are announcing two important events:

  • April 25th, 2012 – Wordament on Xbox LIVE will be available world-wide in the Windows Phone Marketplace for free. That’s just over a week away!
     
  • April 26th, 2012 – We will be hosting an evening Wordament Tournament and open house at the Microsoft Store at the Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, WA.

Wordament on Xbox LIVE

We are very happy with all the work that has gone into this new update for Wordament. This free release updates and replaces the current version that you have and adds a number of fun and top player-requested features. The most notable change is that we are retiring our screen name system and moving exclusively to Xbox LIVE Gamertags. Screen names have served us well to this point, but we have out grown them in many ways. Xbox LIVE has a great identity system in place and we think that Wordament works great with it. So starting April 25th, when you sign into Wordament, it will use your Xbox LIVE Gamertag only. That means you need to go and secure a free, Xbox LIVE account for your phone, if you haven’t done so already.

Also, at launch we will be rolling out a really exciting new feature: Language Editions. Each Edition will feature puzzles in a specific language. On the 25th, we will be releasing the new English Edition and we will be opening up the Spanish Edition BETA. Each Edition has its own set of stats and leaderboards where you can compete to be a champ in all of the typical categories: including Best of and Top Players. Over the next couple months we will be rolling out additional Editions for Dutch, Swedish, French, German, and Italian. We are marking these new Editions as BETA until we feel that we have reached the quality, playability, and fun that we’ve achieved in the English Edition’s puzzles that we all play today. So please send us your feedback when you play in the new BETA Editions.

There is a lot more to talk about when it comes to Wordament on Xbox LIVE and we will be writing posts about all of the new features over the coming days leading up to launch.

Party time!

You’ve asked for another Wordament Tournament, and what better way to celebrate than with our new, free update! On April 26th the whole Wordament crew will be at the Microsoft Store at the Bellevue Square Mall running a Wordament Tournament complete with food, giveaways, and prizes. We will announce all the details in a few days. We would love to see you there!

Lastly, thank you for playing Wordament! Without the support and enthusiasm we receive from the community we would never have been able to build this new Xbox LIVE release. We hope you enjoy playing it as much as we enjoy making it.

- John and Jason

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18 Responses to Wordament on Xbox LIVE: April 25th

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  2. Ssmallfry says:

    I wish I lived in Washington! :(

    Ssmallfry

  3. I’m leaving Redmond on the 24th! I’m so bummed I’m going to miss the event on the 26th. Thankfully I’ll be all over the Xbox LIVE update :)

  4. Thimbro says:

    These next 9 days will be the longest ever. Can’t wait!

    Thimbro

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  6. Please, also release a Portuguese version! Why is Portuguese always ignored? There are more people speaking Portuguese as a native language than any of the languages you are releasing (apart from English and Spanish). :)

    • Wordament says:

      Hi Hugo –

      Portuguese is on the list of “next languages” we will do after launching the first 7. We are releasing the Language Editions based on the number of requests we’ve had for each. Dutch is the clear winner, then Swedish.

  7. Someone says:

    Will the Windows 8 version receive this update on the 25th as well?

  8. Carl Hansen says:

    Will there be achievements too?

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  10. DiscoPidgeon says:

    Two things:
    1. Will there be any visible correlation between our current Screen Names and our Xbox Live gamertags? So that we know who to add as frenemies after the switch.
    2. Herbz is our new champion. It is in the weekly scores at 2,248 or something like that. Congrats Herbz!

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  12. Carl Hansen says:

    Will each language edition have it’s own set of achievements?

    • Wordament says:

      No. There’s is only “one Wordament” — with lots of Language Editions within the game. There’s one set of achievements per screen. If you play on Windows 8, later this year, you can earn all of the achievements again.

  13. With a total of 252 million speakers, Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages in the world, being the 3rd most spoken language in the western hemisphere, and the most spoken language in the southern hemisphere. Dutch language has only 10% of that number, Swedish 2%, French and German 50%, Italian 30%… Don’t make decisions only regarding the request numbers.They came from gamers who actually speak english… Language Editions should be for the ones who don’t…

    • Wordament says:

      Portuguese is on the list of languages we are considering. We made our decision with data–based both on player requests and sales of phones by region. Typically games do go beyond English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. We will.

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