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Gameloft ports 10 games for the Nexus Player in time for launch

Nexus Player - Official

Nexus Player - Official

Gameloft has announced the release of 10 games tailored for the Google Nexus Player as it prepares to arrive on customers’ doorsteps. The Nexus Player went up for pre-order not too long ago and it’s good to know that the developer already has some games to prepare for the launch day. You can expect to find the following games in the Play Store when you get the Nexus Player.

  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne
  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
  • Modern Combat 5: Blackout
  • GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience
  • Dungeon Hunter 4
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Wonder Zoo
  • Ice Age Village
  • World at Arms

While these games won’t exactly replicate the true console experience, it will serve up as a decent alternative for your conventional handheld mobile games. Considering that they’ve been specifically designed to work on the bigger screen, customers can expect smoother frame rates and fluid gameplay as well. The Nexus Player has been priced at $99, but the Bluetooth powered ASUS gaming controller will set you back by an extra $39. So out of the box, the Nexus Player can only do a handful of things.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Android Central

Gameloft brings Asphalt Overdrive to the Google Play Store

Asphalt Overdrive

Asphalt Overdrive

Racing enthusiasts will be pleased to know about Gameloft’s latest installment in the Asphalt series dubbed as Overdrive. The game is set in the 1980s and promises the usual set of thrills and fun associated with titles of this genre. Most importantly, the game is a free download, which makes it an even more attractive option for fans. It comes with in-app purchases though, which means you might have to shell out a few bucks to maintain progression. The wide selection of vintage 80s sports cars such as the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa make the game a must have for fans of the genre.

The premise of the game is pretty simple where users will have to race around the 80s California streets with the cops constantly chasing you. As with all games of the Asphalt series, the gameplay is the real winner as it keeps you hooked for long. Hit the source link below to try the app and let us know what you think.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Droid-Life

Modern Combat 5 arrives in the Play Store for $6.99

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Modern Combat 5: Blackout has finally arrived on the Google Play Store after being announced earlier this month. The developer Gameloft received a setback when the apk file containing the game was leaked prematurely on the internet. Gameloft will put that behind them and hope the latest in the Modern Combat franchise continues to surpass expectations.

The interesting bit with Modern Combat 5 is the complete lack of IAPs or in-app purchases. This essentially means that the game is a standard first-person shooter and gameplay will remain the same no matter who’s playing it. This also explains why the developer is charging $6.99 for the game, which is considered quite steep for a game.

Gameloft claims that the gameplay will be seamless and users can interact with their friends with a series of multiplayer missions. And to keep track of your progress, the game needs to be connected to the internet at all times, so make a note of that if you’re looking to download the game.

Source: Play Store

Via: Android Authority

MediaTek Linkit For Wearables And Internet of Things Gets Major Support

Early this month MediaTek launched Linkit, a platform that is built for the purpose of rapidly developing the wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Linkit basically integrates the company’s Aster System on Chip (SoC) which is currently the world’s smallest SoC for wearables. This chip allows developers to easily create wearable and IoT products for consumers at competitive process. Now the company has found several partners that are willing to support the platform.

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First is Acer, which has announced that it will be making use of the Linkit development platform for its upcoming personal and cloud initiative. The executives of Acer and MediaTek announced their partnership during the Computex 2014 trade show in Taiwan.

Acer was once the top 2 PC manufacturer in the world but since the market has already changed with smartphones and tablets outselling PCs the company is now turning its sights to the cloud. The company is now focusing on its initiative called Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) which allows consumers and businesses to build clouds on their own PCs.

According to Acer founder and outgoing Chairman Stan Shih, “Acer will be working with MediaTek on the development of BYOC. I’m excited about the potential opportunities it brings for our companies in the field of cloud technology and wearable devices, and am looking forward to seeing innovative new applications and technologies that benefit our customers in the BYOC ecosystem.”

MediaTek Chairman and CEO Ming-Kai Tsai added that “We expect wearable devices and the Internet of things market to take off in the coming years and anticipate that MediaTek will be a big part of the growth. This partnership with Acer will enable us to further fuel the impact that all kinds of devices will have in one’s life.”

Another major company that has partnered with MediaTek to take advantage of the Linkit platform is Gameloft. This company which is best known for creating several popular mobile games intends to expand the video game market to smartwatches. The company has recently announced that its latest game called Danger Dash is going to be optimized for MediaTek’s Linkit platform. The game will allow players to interact using smartwatches that uses the Linkit platform.

Gonzague De Vallois, Senior Vice President Publishing Gameloft, says that “It is always exciting to develop games that are played in ways that were never imagined before. Danger Dash will perfectly showcase the capabilities of the smartwatch in terms of gameplay, and we are delighted to bring it to even more players all around the world.”

These are just two of the first companies that have immediately supported the Linkit platform and we are sure more will follow soon.

Here are the key features of MediaTek Astor and the Linkit platform

  • MediaTek Aster, the smallest SoC in a package size of 5.4×6.2mm specifically designed for wearable devices.
  • LinkIt integrates the MediaTek’s Aster SoC and is a developer platform supported by reference designs that enable creation of various form factors, functionalities, and internet connected services.
  • Synergies between microprocessor unit and communication modules, facilitating development and saving time in new device creation.
  • Modularity in software architecture provides developers with high degree of flexibility.
  • Supports over-the-air (OTA) updates for apps, algorithms and drivers which enable “push and install” software stack (named MediaTek Capsule) from phones or computers to devices built with MediaTek Aster.
  • Plug-in software development kit (SDK) for Arduino and VisualStudio. Support for Eclipse is planned for Q4 this year.
  • Hardware Development Kit (HDK) based on LinkIt board by third party.

via prnewswire, eweek

Italy Investigates Tech Giants For Misleading Free To Play Games

Whenever a new game gets released in any of the major mobile app stores people will often download it immediately as long as it is free. But is it really free? Apparently not since most of these games operate on the free to play concept. This means that downloading the game is free but then it will be offering in-app purchases to users, which for instance requires players to buy certain items to let them continue playing the game.

free to play

Italy has had enough of this practice and its antitrust authority has currently launched an investigation against Google, Apple, and Amazon, and game publisher Gameloft for unfair practices. The investigation will try to determine if the four mentioned companies are deceiving customers by advertising that games are free when in fact purchases are required at a certain point.

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when in fact purchases iving customers pt. ee? ’s antitrust watchdog said that “Consumers could wrongly believe that the game is entirely free and, in any case, that they would know in advance the full costs of the game. Moreover, insufficient information seems to be provided to consumers about the settings needed to stop or limit the purchases within the app.”

All companies involved declined to comment on this issue save for Gameloft which announced that the company will be looking into this matter.

The investigation is expected to be wrapped up within 7 to 8 months.  The maximum fine of 5 million euros or $6.9 million could be imposed on each company if they are found guilty.

Earlier this year a similar investigation was also conducted by the European Commission which required companies to revise the way they advertise their apps which can be downloaded for free but later on requires purchases. The commission says that more than half of the games available in the European Union are free but later on comes at a cost.

via reuters 

Gameloft Optimizes Popular Android Games For Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has just released its new device called the Amazon Fire TV which is a set-top box that also has gaming capabilities. One game created by Amazon Game Studios called Sev Zero will be an exclusive title for this device with hundreds of games already playable and thousands more coming.

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Gameloft, a leading publisher of digital games, recently announced that it will optimize three of its popular games for his platform. The three titles that are optimized for the Fire TV include Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and Modern Combat 4. In fact, during Amazon’s live demonstration of its set-top box Asphalt 8: Airborne was seen running on the device.

Baudouin Corman, VP of Publishing for the Americas Gameloft, said that “With Amazon’s broad consumer base and quality reputation in the market, it made sense to optimize some of our top games for Fire TV. This collaboration broadens the reach of our games, allowing us to bring even more high-quality content to the consumers’ living room.”

Vice President of Amazon Appstore and Games Mike George said that “We are thrilled that Gameloft has optimized its most popular titles for Fire TV. With a quad core processor and 2 GB of memory, Asphalt 8: Airborne and all of Gameloft’s optimized titles really shine on Fire TV. We think customers will love playing these games.”

Gameloft games are usually played on a smartphone or tablet using touch based controls. The company’s optimization effort makes the games playable on a larger display and with physical controls.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

  • 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner and 2013 BAFTA Kids’ Vote winner that can be described as an endless runner. You get to play as one of the Minions and compete with others in this fast passed challenging game.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

  • An arcade style racing game where you get to race in 47 high performance cars. Perform different stunts and tricks while racing in different locations. There’s also a multiplayer mode where up to 8 different racers can join in on the fun.

Modern Combat 4

  • This FPS title lets you control a handful of elite soldiers who are tasked to rescue the world leaders from a terrorist group. The game offer console-like graphics and multiplayer support.

via prnewswire

Gameloft will update its Android titles with support for ‘Immersive Mode’

Asphalt 8

Asphalt 8

Renowned developer Gameloft has announced the arrival of the ‘Immersive Mode’ experience for its popular titles such as Asphalt 8, GT Racing 2 etc. Other titles include Blitz Brigade, Dungeon Hunter 4, Gangstar 4, Heroes of O&C, Order & Chaos, Order & Chaos Duels, Six Guns and Total Conquest.

Immersive Mode basically allows developers to utilize the entirety of the screen real estate, thus removing the black Android navigation bar at the bottom which is visible at all times. This will allow games to be played in full screen mode just like videos and will improve the overall user experience as well.

Google announced this feature with Android 4.4 KitKat, so it is now up to the developers to make use of this feature with their applications. Gameloft’s announcement to add its popular titles to the list comes as good news since it is one of the top developers in the Google Play Store with millions of downloads to its credit. We expect other app developers to follow suit, with most already supporting this feature.

Via: Phone Arena

Dragon Summoner Android Game Review

I’ve always been a fan of TCG (Trading Card Game) with my passion for this type of game starting in the early 90’s with the introduction of Magic: The Gathering.  It’s a pleasant surprise to me that Gameloft has just released Dragon Summoner which is a TCG that features animated combat battle scenes. This is a unique way of making the game more entertaining for those who are new to this genre.

dragon summoner

Dragon Summoner can now be downloaded over at Google Play for free. You will need a device running on at least Android 2.3 and a storage space of at least 2.3 MB. Since it is free you can bet that there is an in-app purchase feature included as well.

The story of the game revolves around dragons that have long been thought to be extinct but have now risen. These huge monsters are poised to strike the three kingdoms of Quiven. Your main objective is to assemble your team and embark on an adventure to save the land. Whichever among the three kingdoms you ally yourself with you will soon realize that it is only you and your cards that stand in the way of these dragons.

Some of the game features include

  • Collect, fuse & strengthen over 200 gorgeous cards inspired by fantasy and manga!
  • Warriors, Mages or Hunters: Choose your allegiance and fight the magic dragons for the survival of your kingdom.
  • Deploy your strategy by forming and leveling up your team of heroes to bring out their full power!
  • Complete tons of fast-paced, visually immersive quests & battles!
  • Ally with your friends online to defeat fierce Raid Dragons.
  • Battle other players with your cards online to prove your valor and loot some of their treasures.

The more than 200 cards at your disposal have beautiful artwork. You will be able to collect these cards and fuse them to create even more powerful effects.

One feature that players will love is that the game also has an online multiplayer mode. You will be able to ally yourself with other players to bring down a difficult boss or play PvP against players from all around the world.

If you are into TCG then better check out Dragon Summoner right now.

Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour Now Available On The Play Store

Update 2: It appears that Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is now back up on the Play Store.

Update: It seems that Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour has been taken off of the Play Store due to download issues. A Gameloft spokesperson has said, “”Until the download conditions are back to normal we have decided to temporarily deactivate Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour from Google Play.”

We’ll make sure to let everyone know when the game is available again.

Thanks, Josh!

Original Article: If you remember a little while ago we reported that Gameloft’s first-person shooter, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, was delayed but was said that the game would release soon after its launch on iOS. Good news though folks, Gameloft has released the game on the Play Store making Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour the fourth installment in the Modern Combat franchise.

Gameloft has declared Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour to be “the most memorable action shooter ever.” While Call of Duty followers may highly disagree with the statement, Modern Combat 4 continues to stay true to their origins of terrorist-killing, but Gameloft has brought something new to the table as well. The game is powered by the Havok Engine, which Gameloft said produces some seamless ragdoll effects and more realism within the game world. One of the other new things that players will notice in Modern Combat 4 is that Gameloft has completely overhauled the multiplayer mode. There are now over 20,000 different arrangements for weapons along with a new ranking system integrated in the game. This will allow you to keep track of your progress.

You can grab Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour from the Play Store link below. It’ll cost consumers $6.99. I haven’t grabbed the game just yet. I kind of am holding back until I can get one of the MOGA controllers, as I’m really not a fan of controlling first-person shooters with touch controls. They tend to feel a bit clunky to me.

Have you downloaded the game yet? How do you like it thus far? Was it worth the delay?

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Modern Combat 4 To Release On iOS On December 6th, Android Counterpart Delayed

Modern Combat players will be ecstatic to hear that Gameloft has finally revealed when Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour would hit the Play Store. Sort of. Gameloft has plans to launch the first-person shooter, tomorrow, December 6th on iOS with plans to launch the Android version shortly after. This news comes from a spokesperson from Gameloft. Unfortunately, the spokersperson did not say what resulted in the Android version of the game getting a delay. Regardless of the delay though, it shouldn’t be too much longer of a wait before the game drops on the Play Store.

Players have been waiting for quite some time, and now we’ll finally be seeing the launch of the game shortly here. While the delayed launch for Android may be a bit disappointing, there is no doubt that Gameloft has a very good reason as to why the launch was delayed for the Android platform. We can guarantee that this does not have to deal with exclusivity, as Gameloft always launches their titles on both platforms simultaneously. Players who can’t wait for the game to launch can wet their appetite watching hand-to-hand combat, explosions and betrayal in the extended reveal trailer below.

I just got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and I’ll be excited to take this game for a spin on the monster when the game drops on the Play Store. Are you a mobile gamer? Have you stuck with the Modern Combat series up to Zero Hour now? Are you excited to finally see the game launch this month? Let us know in the comments below!

Gameloft Launches Thanksgiving Sale, Popular Titles Priced At $0.99

Gameloft makes a lot of good games, unfortunately they all don’t feel worth their standard $6.99 price tag. No worries about that though, customers will be able to save a lot of money on some of Gameloft’s most popular titles as the company is going to pricing a few of their games at $1. This is a great bargain, but I’d argue that I liked their 25-cent sale a while back much better! Regardless, most of their games are very well put together, and to purchase them for a mere dollar is a total steal!

The first title on sale is The Amazing Spiderman. This was a tie-in from the movie that launched back in the summer. Next up is The Adventures of Tintin, a game that was aimed at younger audiences, but was also a spin-off of the movie that released last year. Gangstar Rio is essentially Gameloft’s version of Grand Theft Auto, and BackStab is a really cool action-based game (you play as an Officer in England’s Royal Navy). Those are all the $0.99 games that you’ll find on Google Play. Gameloft has two more games on sale, which are available on the Amazon AppStore. Those games are the incredibly popular N.O.V.A 3 and N.O.V.A. If you have the Amazon AppStore on your device, I would highly suggest checking those out!

Hopefully we’ll be seeing more great titles go on sale from various developers as we get closer and closer to Cyber Monday (or even Black Friday tonight!).

Are any of you going to be picking up one of these games during the sale?

source: Talk Android

Wild Blood For Android Review

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: $6.99

Downloads: Google Play | iTunes

This is one of the best games on the Android platform. If you didn’t think Gameloft was a good developer, it might be time to rethink that opinion. Wild Blood is one of Gameloft’s new games using the Unreal Engine, which provides some outstandingly beautiful graphics on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor devices. Now, a lot of these huge Android games are heading towards the $6.99 price range, and this is one of those games, but it does offer loads of content that does justify the price, in my opinion. The graphics alone in Wild Blood might even be worth the $6.99, but that really depends what you are looking for out of a game. Some might prefer gameplay over graphics and others might prefer graphics over gameplay and etc.

Wild Blood’s art style reminds me of World of Warcraft, while at the same time has some elements of the original Guild Wars in it. This may have not been their intention, but they really did a dang great job at capturing it.This isn’t bad by any means, but it does make the graphics look really nice, and if you’ve ever played World of Warcraft before, perhaps you could call it nostalgic as well.

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about Action RPG’s being optimized for touch controls. It really ruins the immersion of the story behind the game, and I personally, like seeing the enemy and environment in front of me, as opposed to my hand swiftly trying to slice the enemy on the screen. That said, I didn’t really enjoy this game solely because of that. I think I would enjoy it a whole lot more if I went out and got a Bluetooth controller. The touch controls for this type of game is just not good. It’s not only Gameloft’s problem though, it’s just how the genre works in general.

What is cool about Wild Blood is that it takes on a historical background and then adapts it to their fantasy world they have created. It’s actually pretty awesome, and while it isn’t historically accurate, it does offer some really strong story elements thus providing an extremely fun Action RPG. I personally can’t get past how beautiful the graphics are. To be honest, it’s something that you probably haven’t seen on the Android platform, and if more companies start heading towards Android and iOS development specifically, this could just pave the way to encourage others to start heading towards more realism in their graphics.

For $6.99, this game offers loads of content, a whole lot more than what you would find in The Dark Knight Rises, or really any of Gameloft’s past games. If you have the money and time, I would highly suggest giving Wild Blood a look. You will not regret your purchase at all (unless of course, you don’t like the controls as I had mentioned a bit earlier in this review).

I can only imagine what this game would look like on an iPad with a Retina display.

New info on Heroes of Order & Chaos Online

Gameloft has been releasing some pretty cool games lately. To name a few, The Dark Knight Rises and Asphalt 7 were really good games that were more recent releases. Today, the company has revealed a few details about their upcoming multi-player online battle arena (commonly known as a MOBA) game, Heroes of Order & Chaos. The game is going to be free-to-play following the tradition of most MOBA games. If you’ve ever played the popular League of Legends on the PC you’ll have a very good idea of what Heroes of Order & Chaos will look like. Not only that, but you may just be excited for the game too, I personally am. Though, I do have mixed feelings about it. It seems like a MOBA would be really odd to play on a touchscreen.

Essentially players are going to join together in the form of teams (3 to 5 players) to battle other teams with the same goal; destroy the enemies base and claim victory. Yep, it really is a lot like League of Legends. Players are going to be able to control the NPC characters as they push their forces through the map, destroy towers, collect loot, and help the player level up and increase their skills. The arena will have three lanes, a river and landmarks. Yeah, it really is League of Legends, except for Android devices. Again, it sounds cool, but I’m not so sure about it.

Gameloft has promised that Heroes of Order & Chaos will boast of thirty heroes that will be available for players to use in the arena, with six heroes available per week. The heroes in any given week will rotate, but players will be able to purchase the heroes that aren’t available that week. This is a lot how League of Legends does things, so it’s not doubt that they are almost doing a direct copy off of that game. I kind of wonder if we’ll see a lawsuit from Riot Games towards Gameloft, from what we’re hearing about Gameloft’s game, it sounds like a direct copy off of League of Legends with new assets.

Since Gameloft developes games for Smartphones and Tablets, it’s only obvious that the company would have to brainstorm some new ideas in creating a control scheme for players. MOBA’s are specifically designed for the PC or Xbox 360, not a touchscreen. That said, Gameloft has added in a virtual thumbstick for the left hand and used to control the player’s character. The right hand will have access to attack buttons and hotkeys for abilities and actions that will line up with the right hand edge of the screen. Gameloft has also introduced a few new features to address the controller-less device, such as an auto attack option and a lock on target option. This will allow players to continue their attacks while checking up on whats going on in the mini-map. I personally don’t see this game being competitive at all. In fact, I’d be very surprised to see that.

Heroes of Order & Chaos is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2012 on Android and iOS.

source: IGN

Gameloft Teases new Android Game Developed with Unreal Engine

Gameloft, the popular mobile development company who’s been known for titles like the Dark Knight Rises and the Amazing Spider-Man has teased their first Android game being built upon the popular Unreal Engine that was developed by Epic Games. If you didn’t know, the Unreal Engine was a Game Engine developed by Epic Games and was first used in a first-person shooter game in 1998 called Unreal. Even though the Game Engine was primarily developed for First-Person Shooters, it’s been outstandingly successful in many other types of genres like MMORPG’s, RPG’s, Strategy and etc. One of the most notable games that has used it has been a lot of the Splinter Cell Games.

The picture above was originally posted on Gameloft’s Facebook page before blowing up all over the internet. The picture was included with a teaser that said: “The story of Gameloft’s 1st Unreal Game will soon be revealed, the hint is hidden in the artwork above, can you find it?” If you’re really curious about the game or just wondering what the game might be, you can vote to unlock the trailer on YouTube or just unlock the rest of the artwork. I think we all want to see the trailer though. It’d be interesting to see how the Unreal Engine looks on an Android system.

Gameloft often makes some great games but often misses the mark when it comes to story. Based off the picture, I really have some high expectations for this game, especially now that they said it’s going to run on the Unreal Engine. My only concern about this is that the Unreal Engine is really advanced in technology. That means Gameloft is probably going all out with the graphics, at least to what Android can handle. Thus, this is probably going to be a serious battery drainer.

It’ll all be very interesting to find out what happens with this game. Unreal Engine is known to be one of the best engines out there next to the Crytek engine. With its photo-realism graphics and super high resolution texture capabilities I can only image you’re going to need the best of the best hardware to play this game. Who knows if even the phones or tablets without a Tegra 3 will be able to support this game? That’s all speculation, but with past games that have come out that’s been pretty high end (not unreal engine high-end) has required a Tegra 3 chip.

I’d be very excited to see that it won’t require that, but I expect it will. Again, just some speculation. If you have any idea what this game is about at all or even have any guess of what it’s going to be, (I’m kind of wondering if it’ll be based off of a certain upcoming movie) let us know in the comments!