Clash of Clans developer Supercell releasing Boom Beach worldwide in March
While we in the UK and US have been patiently waiting for Supercell's latest free-to-play extravaganza Boom Beach to reach our shores, the game has been busy blowing up Canadian and Australian App Stores in beta form.
However, we can now confirm that the watery follow-up to global sensation Clash of Clans will land on App Stores everywhere next month.
Though Boom Beach is clearly influenced by Clash of Clans' building, fortification, and defence mechanics, Supercell CEO IIkka Paananen claims that this new freemium base-builder is a different beast.
Speaking to financial journalists in a recent call, Paananen said: "We've made some risky choices. There aren't any clans in the game and the combat mechanic is different."
He also pointed out that the game was proving popular with current users - including gamers who had yet to experience Clash of Clans.
"There are a healthy number of players who haven't played Clash of Clans at all, or didn't play it for very long," Paananen explained.
To the casual observer these changes may not be readily apparent, however. With a similar aesthetic, goal, and free-to-play elements, the Boom Beach's modern-era military characters do seem to be direct cyphers of the Norse warriors which populate Clash of Clans.
Whatever the case, we'll all be able to find out whether Boom Beach has enough originality to distinguish itself next month, when it goes live on App Stores globally.