Today during GDC 2017 Google went over a couple of new features that will be beneficial for both developers and consumers when using Google Play. The most obvious change, which will be visible in each Google Play listing, is a strikethrough price when an application or game goes on sale. This is in order to make it more obvious to consumers when a game or app is on sale, instead of having to rely on a developer posting it in the game’s description. There will also be a little note that sale when the sale will be ending.
Ubisoft has announced a new Virtual Reality game that will feature the Rabbids called Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan. Slated for release on Google’s Daydream VR platform, Virtual Rabbids will have players posing as an agent for a classified government agency, and you will need to travel through different locations in order to hunt down a few irreverent Rabbids who have stolen and scrambled a top secret nuclear safety password.
The Game Developer’s Conference 2017, or GDC 2017 for short, kicks off today and Epic Games was part of the starting festivities, announcing a new mobile and PC game called Battle Breakers. Built using Unreal Engine 4, Battle Breakers is a new tactical-RPG title that will also feature cross-platform gameplay between mobile devices and PC.
There’s a decent amount of CCGs on Android, and mobile in general, and most of the are pretty decent. Some are a little on the weaker side of things, while a few actually turn out to be pretty good, such as Hearthstone. However, a lot of them use a pretty standard formula when it comes to the gameplay mechanics.
Pixowl’s The Sandbox game has done exceedingly well for itself since its initial release. We’ve talked about that game a few times on here, either about the original launch or regarding some of the updates that have greatly expanded the game from what it once was. Needless to say, when we got an offer to check out the sequel at GDC 2016, we were pretty interested in seeing what was new.
As you are probably aware of, we have been at GDC 2016 all last week, with Jaymes and Ryan holding down the fort here. Well we are back and we have plenty to report on, so this is just a bit of a round-up of what you can expect to find over the next few days here on DroidGamers. (Hint: There’s a lot)
Dark Horse Comics has been running a comic series that has gained a pretty good following called The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & PizzaBoy. Well the rights to make a mobile game based off of the comic series have gone to Deep Silver Fishlabs and OKAM Studios.
Minecraft is a game in particular that could be quite fun, if done properly mind you, in a Virtual Reality format. If you’re nodding your head in agreement while reading this, then you’ll be happy to know that this is actually becoming a reality. During GDC 2016 next week, Microsoft and Oculus will be unveiling Minecraft for the Gear VR.
We don’t talk about cancellations at shows too often, mainly because it really doesn’t happen too often. When it does happen, it’s usually not for a game we are watching. However, this particular cancellation is about a game we’ve been following for awhile now. One game we were pretty eager to see in action, and hopefully get some hands-on time with, was Niantic’s upcoming Pokemon GO title.
The successfully funded (Kickstarter) indie adventure game Thimbleweed Park has received a new trailer for gamers who are interested in this title to check out. The story is being developed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, and features a retro look to it which is similar to adventure games from back in the day when PC titles like this were quite popular.