Following in the overhauling of FarmVille, Zynga has now globally released New Words With Friends for all iOS and Android platforms after six months of beta tests.
Jonathan Knight, the vice president of games at Zynga, was recently interviewed by GamesBeat where he said that this is going to be one of one of the most important updates to the game:
This is the most significant update that has ever been made to the game. We kept the core game the same. There was nothing broken about it. But we’ve added new features that fans have requested.
A major added feature is Solo Play where players can go up against a computer-controlled opponent that adjusts its skill level based on the player’s past performances. Solo Play will not require the need of an Internet connection and so players can pretty much clock in a few hours while on the go.
Players will also have access to a personal profile and deep details on their game stats, from wins and losses to the number of unique words they’ve played. The overall design and UI has been changed to boast a more ‘sleeker and smarter’ feel.
The original title was released back in 2009 and is similar to Scrabble but with more focus on social elements. It’s currently the all-time top free game on Apple’s App Store with players having played more than 7.7 billion games.
The overhauling of Words With Friends is part of Zynga’s new approach to update the company’s best titles for new experiences.