Halfbrick Rebuilds Fruit Ninja for a ‘New Era’ on Mobile

Jetpack Joyride developer Halfbrick has announced sweeping new changes to its popular Fruit Ninja fruit-slicing game on mobile devices. A future update will introduce users to the new Fruit Ninja, which has been “rebuilt from scratch.” This update includes a new user interface design and other visual changes, as well as an enhancement to the game’s blades and backgrounds systems, which Halfbrick says adds an “exponential amount of depth and strategy to slicing.”

In the original version of Fruit Ninja, players could unlock and activate different fruit-slicing blades and dojo backgrounds while playing. These items were cosmetic in nature, but they’ll each be given a function with this new update. Halfbrick says almost every item will have a unique effect on the game, which will give players new opportunities to earn high scores.

For instance, the Great Wave dojo background will periodically spawn ten fruit at once. If players can capitalize, they’re looking at major combo points. Elsewhere, the Autumn Blade creates a “fruit swirling tornado” when players slice into pineapples. Users will be able to mix and match their favorite blades and backgrounds, to find the boosts that work best for their play style. The game’s leaderboards will reflect this change, displaying the item combinations players used to reach those high scores.

This update is expected to go live in Fruit Ninja in early October. In addition to this update, Halfbrick is set to amp up the entire Fruit Ninja brand with a five-part Origins web series. The first episode is available to view now on YouTube, or at the top of this post.

Fruit Ninja is available to download for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows Phone Store. The game first launched in 2010 and has been downloaded over 500 million times across all available platforms. Check back soon for more.