Changes are coming for Wordle… again.
For starters, the New York Times (NYT) this week named Tracy Bennett the new editor of Wordle, the popular online puzzle game that gives players six chances to guess a five-letter word daily.
With an editor in place, the Times said the game is moving away from the pre-selected words of Josh Wardle, the creator of the puzzle. Instead, it will include words the New York Times has chosen.
Also changing: the answer will never be a plural ending in “s” or “es”. However, you can guess plural words to help you eliminate possible words.
“The gameplay of Word will remain the same and the answers will be drawn from the same core dictionary of answer words, with some editorial tweaks to ensure the game remains focused on fun, accessible, lively and varied vocabulary,” Everdeen Mason, of the Times. “, the editorial director of games said on Monday.
Mason added that “while the answer list is curated, the much larger dictionary of English words that are valid guesses will not be curated. What solvers choose to use as guess words is their private choice.
The Times bought Wordle for “low seven figures” earlier this year. It’s part of the Times’ portfolio of online games including crosswords and Spelling Bee.
Wordle, which became a board game in July, has been a huge success for the news company, helping to increase the number of digital subscriptions to the newspaper.
“Wordle brought unprecedented tens of millions of new users to the Times, many of whom stayed to play other games driving our best ever quarter for net subscriber additions to Games,” said CEO Meredith Kopit Levien on the May earnings release.
— Jordan Valinsky of CNN Business contributed to this report.