“We had confirmed that some sort of puzzle system would be utilized as the base, but it took a while to decide which one exactly to go with. The intention for this game had always been to have a single-player focus, so instead of going for a versus-styled interface, we wanted something that would make the enemy-ally positioning very clear,” the Gyromancer team said to Siliconera in an interview. “With this mindset, PopCap games like Zuma and Peggle were actually brought up as candidates.”
The two companies eventually settled on using Bejeweled Twist as the base for Gyromancer, a fantasy themed puzzle game coming to Xbox Live Arcade and Steam next week.
Yuichi Murasawa, the Director of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, is also the Director of Gyromancer. Murasawa and Yoshinori Kamei, Producer, discussed Gyromancer and Square Enix’s partnership with PopCap with us and we’ll have more from them later this week.