If you're trying to recover from your Candy Crush Saga addiction, you might not want to buy Windows 10. Microsoft announced that they're going to include the game with the new OS at launch.
"If you’ve been paying attention to gaming (or pop culture in general) chances are pretty high that you've heard of King's smash mobile hit Candy Crush Saga," Microsoft announced on Xbox Wire. "With its compelling blend of tricky puzzles coated in gorgeous eye candy, Candy Crush Saga is a global phenomenon for good reason. Windows Phone users have been enjoying Candy Crush Saga since its launch on the platform in December, and later this year, all Windows 10 owners will be able to experience the hit game that's swept the mobile world like wildfire."
"As an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch. It will even include cross-play options for your iOS and Android devices."
Microsoft adds that King will be bringing other games to Windows 10 over time as well. They didn't mention what these other games will be but you can bet they've got the word "Saga" in them.
Candy Crush Saga is your standard match-three game. Players move different colored candies around to line up three or more of the same color together. This then removes them from the board. You have to finish each level within a certain amount of moves or a certain time limit.
The reason Candy Crush been so imitated by other mobile and social game developers is its business model. Players can spend money for more attempts at a level if they don't want to wait for them to replenish. They can also use real money to access new levels or make certain challenges easier. While only a small minority of players actually spend money, they've spent a whole lot of it. The game earned over $1.33 billion in 2014.
As the Xbox Wire announcement notes, Windows has been shipped with free games for years. Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts are a few examples appearing in past versions of the OS. All three will be returning for Windows 10 as well.
Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10 will be launching this summer. At launch, it will be available in 190 countries in 111 different languages.