After the news of OpenFeint being shut down soon from yesterday, GREE has followed it up with a new game release called Magnus Ignis. GREE has also done what a few other developers have decided to do in the past and start a new developer account on Google Play with a slight variation of their name. Square Enix did it, EA has done it, and now GREE has done it as well. So even though this game shows up as the only game GREE has released onto Android, that is not true. It is just the first game under that account.
Interesting news in the world of extra services developers can integrate into their games such as achievements and other unlockable content. GREE, who purchase OpenFeint last year, has decided to shut down OpenFeint as of December 14th, 2012 in favor for their own service. This means iOS and Android games who have OpenFeint integrated into it need to decide whether or not to move over to GREE’s own service or leave to another one instead.
Tired of Ubisoft news today? No? Good because here is some more. Back in June, 2012 we talked about GREE who were teaming up with Ubisoft to bring a city building game to mobile based off of the Assassin’s Creed universe called Assassin’s Creed: Utopia. Well we know have a few more details, a release time frame and screenshots to take a look at.
You may or may not have noticed a new trend happening over the past six or so months and that is the rise of card battling social games for mobile devices. Over the course of the last six months, roughly anyways, the popularity of social TCG titles has steadily increased which also show no signs of slowing down with all the latest TCG titles announced as of late. Well Atlus is getting into the mobile scene with Persona 4 but as a social card battling game as well.
If you happen to live in Japan and are into mobile gaming then you have some great news regarding some upcoming games. Capcom’s popular Monster Hunter series is getting a new addition called Monster Hunter: Massive Hunting which will be arriving on iOS and Android this year. In addition to that, Tecmo Koei will be dropping Ninja Gaiden for One Million People (roughly translated from Japanese) onto both platforms as well, both of with will be integrated onto GREE’s social gaming platform Mobage.
After seeing a huge amount of success with Crime City and eventually being bought by GREE for a large sum of money recently, Funzio has finally brought their hit iOS MMORPG to Android. Modern War, as it is called, will have you trying to take over the world in a fully graphical MMORPG.
We’ve mentioned a couple of times in the recent past about Gameloft’s upcoming Gangstar spin-off game which, after inking a deal with GREE, will be making its way to GREE social gaming platform when it is released. Well apparently the release for Gang Domination will be this Thursday. Surprising since it is so close to the release of Asphalt 7 which we are still waiting for.
So far the only real Assassin’s Creed love Android has gotten is in the form of some mildly decent Java port from Gameloft. Well that is about to change as GREE, along with Ubisoft, have officially announced a new addition to the series that will be coming to mobile called Assassin’s Creed Utopia. Something they have hinted at over the past month or so.
Well another iteration of the Bejeweled series of games, called Bejeweled Legend, has arrived on Android and iOS from PopCap Games. Currently only available for people in Japan, due to it being released on GREE’s social gaming platform, this is the first time Popcap Games has self-published a title (through EA) in Japan.
Good news for all you sim / strategy game lovers out there. According to Develop, GREE has entered into a partnership with 2K Games to bring some of the classic Sid Meier games to mobile. By mobile they mean on the GREE social gaming platform which is available for Android and iOS.