While free-to-play games are already huge money-makers for mobile and browser developers, console developers are racing to secure their own piece of the pie. At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Sony announced a variety of free-to-play titles for its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 home consoles and PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system.
Marvel has announced the launch of its newest Facebook game, Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics. This new title in the Marvel: Avengers Alliance series is a tactical combat game, which sees players engaging with Marvel heroes in 3D environments to defeat villains from the Marvel universe.
The game places players in the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. commander, in charge of a team of super heroes and a base of operations. Players will interact with characters including Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, while villains like Loki become available as the game’s story unfolds.
As part of this week’s earnings call, Zynga revealed its excitement surrounding the launch of FarmVille 2: Country Escape on iOS and Android. Launched on April 17, the game has already been downloaded more than four million times, with this early success also boosting the player base for FarmVille 2 on Facebook.
Zynga has announced a fitting new addition to its Hit It Rich: Casino Slots on Facebook, as players can now spin the reels on a FarmVille 2 slot machine. This machine marks the first time the world of FarmVille 2 has been available in a social casino game, and lets players earn virtual winnings using the famous animals and crops from the popular farming game.
Free-to-play game developer Kabam has announced a continuation of its global expansion, opening an office in Berlin, Germany. The office will start with 80 employees, and should grow to 150 before the end of 2014. Kabam’s Berlin office will work on the live operations of existing titles, as well as localization, quality assurance, marketing and “player experience services” for the European market, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey and the UK.
Zynga announced the closure of its life simulation game YoVille in January 2014, triggering an instant reaction from players, who begged Zynga to reconsider its decision. When closure announcements are made, they’re traditionally final. However, Zynga has listened to its fans, and has reversed its decision to close the game on March 31, as was originally planned.
How well do you remember the 90’s? That’s the question posed by RLG’s Guess the 90’s on Facebook, as players are shown images of popular bands, clothing items, toys and other items from the 1990’s, and are asked to identify them.
When Kiwi CEO Omar Siddiqui first started the company, he knew right away that Android was the way to go.
“We saw the potential for growth that Android offered us at the time, and it was also the earlier days of Android, so it was less crowded,” said Siddiqui in a recent interview with Inside Mobile Apps. “Another factor that became more significant over time is the pace at which you can release games on Android. It’s a huge advantage in terms of tuning your game, fine-tuning it, and making it the best you can for consumers. That really attracted us as a way of rolling out our products and making them compelling. We’re also releasing our top products on iOS, so we’re not planning on being an Android-only shop, but we found Android to be a great place to launch our products and then rapidly iterate them as we try to make them more compelling for consumers.”
See what else Siddiqui had to say as he breaks down the challenges of developing for Android, how gaming companies can stand out in the crowded marketplace, and what a new dev can do to get their game noticed.
Core social and mobile game developer Plarium has announced the addition of a major modification to its Facebook game Stormfall: Age of War. The developer has listened to the game’s fan base and has introduced one of the most widely requested feature additions: the ability to delete redundant buildings, freeing room within castles to allow for easier expansion.
Zynga released its second action strategy game, Dojo Mojo, on Facebook in July, challenging players to recover lost treasures from the Evil Shogun and his minions in both single-player and multiplayer combat modes. By October, the game had seemingly already hit its peak at 380,000 monthly active users, according to our app tracking service AppData.
However, rather than giving up on the game, Zynga took a step back, implemented advice from the game’s players, and rebranded the entire package as Ninja Kingdom.
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