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DeNA and Square Enix have announced that FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is currently in development. The game is a combination of all of the past Final Fantasy games and allows players to relive their favorite moments from the series. You’ll be able to build a team of classic characters such as Tidus, Lightning, and Cloud, and customize them with a ton of iconic gear, powerful spells, summons, and weapons. [Editor’s Note: Hopefully it won’t be another All the Bravest…]

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper delivers the ultimate FINAL FANTASY experience for the dedicated and passionate fans of this franchise and we are excited to work with SQUARE ENIX to bring it to players worldwide this spring,” said Shintaro Asako, CEO of DeNA West, in a press release.

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is set to release in spring, but if you can’t wait you can pre-register at FinalFantasyRecordKeeper.com to receive updates about the game and unlock special in-game characters including Tidus from FINAL FANTASY X.

DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have just released a trailer for the, Marvel Mighty Heroes. The brawler will pit super heroes against super villains from the Marvel universe – including classic characters such as Iron Man, Groot, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Spider-Man. You’ll get to develop your own team of super stars and even play against your friends in multiplayer.

“Building off of the success of Marvel War of Heroes, our first Marvel-licensed title, Marvel Mighty Heroes, is a fast and tactical battle game that will combine evolving Marvel stories with enthralling co-op and competitive multiplayer gameplay,” said Barry Dorf, Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances at DeNA. “Marvel fans and gamers alike will have the chance to create the ultimate team of Super Heroes and Super Villains to take on waves of enemies from the Marvel Universe.”

You can pre-register for the game on the Marvel Mighty Heroes site, and you’ll get to vote for Hulk or Rocket to be a a free special hero at launch for a limited time.

Marvel Mighty Heroes will be free to download on the App Store soon.

Yet It Moves Review

Yet It Moves Review

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Yet It Moves is the iOS release of And Yet It Moves, a great indie puzzle platformer. It suffers from some occasionally annoying controls.

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Transform and Roll Out – Transformers: Battle Tactics is Now Available for iOS

Posted by on February 5th, 2015
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DeNA and Hasbro Inc are pairing up to bring another game from the latter’s Transformers franchise to iOS.

It’s called Transformers: Battle Tactics, and is a turn-based game that brings to bear the comic book story Combiner Wars and the historic Transformers Generations universe.

▪ Compete in live real-time PVP showdowns with players from around the globe while earning rare TRANSFORMERS characters, valuable resources, and prestige at the top of the leaderboards

▪ Collect iconic TRANSFORMERS characters while teaming up AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters side-by-side.

▪ Calculate strategic decisions by leveraging unique TRANSFORMERS character modes to take control of the battlefield in any situation and obliterate the enemy.

▪ Link TRANSFORMERS characters to create powerful Combiners to deal devastating damage in battle!

▪ Connect with friends to form leagues and seek advantage over the competition. Earn powerful rewards and placement at the top of the leader boards.

Transformers: Battle Tactics is available now for free (with optional in-app purchases).

Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First Star Wars: Galactic Defense Event

Posted by on January 30th, 2015
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Star Wars: Galactic Defense is getting its first in-game event called Attack on Echo Base. Fans of DeNA’s tower defense game will be excited to battle through the snow and ice of planet Hoth. You’ll be able to rank up on the leader
boards and earn increased experience, in-game currency and rewards during the event. There is also a special bonus wave on each level where you can score higher than ever and new characters to be used during the event.

Attack on Echo Base is only around for a limited time. You can check it out by playing from 1/28/15 through 2/2/15.

Download Star Wars: Galactic Defense on the App Store for free and join the fight.

Attack on Echo Base Key Art

 

 

War is hell:
Is it the kind of hell you want to check out? Read our Blood Brothers 2 review to find out!

Blood Brothers 2, DeNA’s follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, is an intriguing card collecting / role-playing / strategy hybrid. There’s seemingly a lot to take in at first, but with 148Apps’ help, you’ll soon be able to effortlessly smack away whatever your enemies lob at you. Have at it!

War Tactics for Novices

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  • Claim your gifts when you play the first time – You should receive some gifts when you first play Blood Brothers 2, including a quantity of gold, some rare commanders, and some blood sigils (the game’s hard currency). These all come in extremely handy for the early portions of the game, so make sure to claim them! In fact, make sure to claim all your gifts every day. You don’t acquire them automatically, and if they sit in your mailbox for too long, they’ll disappear.
  • Pay attention to the weapon triangle – The key to victorious battles in Blood Brother 2 is adhering to the weapon triangle. Mounted units trump archers, which trump swordsmen, which trump mounted units. If you’re wielding a stronger weapon than your enemy, you’ll do double damage. However, if your enemy has the stronger weapon, you’ll have twice as much damage inflicted on you.
  • Save your blood sigils – When you lose a battle or run out of stamina, Blood Brothers 2 offers you the chance to continue or recharge for blood sigils. Don’t take the offer. Save your sigils for pacts, which are necessary for summoning strong commanders.
  • Don’t miss your chance for daily pacts – You’re allowed to conduct a pact for new commanders at three points in the day: Dawn, noon, and twilight. If you miss a draw, you can’t go back. You have to wait for the next window.

Advanced Maiming
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  • Try not to let enemies get the first strike – Keep your distance from enemies when you’re on the map screen. If a unit moves on you, they get the first strike. However, if you move on them, you get the first strike.
  • Tap to select a commander, and swipe to use their skill – If your commander glows blue, it means they’re ready to launch their special attack. Said attacks are usually best to save for strong enemies, however. Simply tap a commander’s portrait to put them on the battlefield and execute normal attacks. If you’d like them to use their attack for that turn, swipe upwards when putting them on the field.
  • Observe enemy details before choosing your commanders for a battle – You can take a look at enemy intel before starting a fight. Doing so lets you know what kind of enemies you’re up against, how strong they are, whether or not they can be recruited, and most importantly, what weapons they’re wielding. Always take a look at the facts, and choose your own troops accordingly.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe!
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  • Retreat to your base for healing – You can heal your units by retreating to your base. You regain hit points whenever you move out, then back in. Don’t spam the trick, however: You only have a certain number of moves to achieve your goal in a level.
  • Matching weapon-for-weapon will do in a pinch – Lacking the soldiers necessary to trump an enemy commander’s weapon? No worries. Matching a foe weapon-for-weapon is acceptable, too. Just try very hard not to put yourself in a position where your weapon is weaker than your enemy’s.
  • Turns recharge tactics – Tactics are valuable because they let you attack enemies from a safe distance. Every turn charges your tactics, so use them strategically.
  • Using tactics doesn’t take up a turn – Utilizing tactics against the foe – the catapult, for instance – doesn’t take up any turns. It’s not a bad idea to save up tactics for boss characters. They can really soften up a fight, especially if you’re hurting by the time you reach your final destination.

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Blood Brothers 2 Review

Blood Brothers 2 Review

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Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system doesn't play fair.

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Head Back to Dark World of Arnashia in Blood Brothers 2

Posted by on January 23rd, 2015
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Have you missed the strategic battles of DeNA’s dark RPG Blood Brothers? Fret no longer as you make your triumphant return to the world of Arnashia in Blood Brothers 2.

The game is set one century after the events in the original, and once again the world is threatened – and once again you must build an army to save it. You’ll be able to train your soldiers, customize their gear, and learn new skills as you proceed through the campaigns or fight against your friends in PvP.

You can download Blood Brothers 2 for free on the App Store now. If you download the game during its launch week, you will also receive a unique in-game character and other special rewards.

via: Our Blood Brothers Review

DeNA has announced that Blood Brothers 2 is currently in development. It’s the sequel to Blood Brothers, obviously; the dark RPG where you must battle enemies across the world of Arnashia.

The game is set one century after the first installment. You’ll be building and recruiting your armies as you explore. Blood Brothers 2 will also feature ongoing weekly game events and strategic player vs. player (PvP). This time your friends will be able to join you in the quest to save the world.

Blood Brothers was massively popular, spending seven consecutive months as a top 10 app on US Google Play’s top grossing chart,” said Kaz Kondo, Head of DeNA Studios West. “Having worked on the original, we know what fans liked most about the game. We want to deliver again the fast-paced RPG battles and iconic characters fans enjoyed, but we’re also introducing new art style and spellbinding adventure that will be fun and fresh for everyone.”

Blood Brothers 2 will be coming to the iPhone and iPad in 2015.

via: Our Blood Brothers Review
Polyform Review

Polyform Review

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Polyform is an easily-digestible puzzle game that has few surprises, but is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Today DeNA and Hasbro have announced a new, upcoming Transformers title, Transformers: Battle Tactics.

Okay, but what is Battle Tactics?

Well, according to the announcement info it’s going to be a turn-based tactical game with a single-player campaign as well as player-versus-player combat. A whole lot of series favorites will be available to add to your team, from obvious choices like Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee, to characters who haven’t been featured in Michael Bay movies, like Wheeljack, Thundercracker, and Arcee. Each bot has their own strengths and abilities, and these can change depending on whether they’re in robot or vehicle mode.

Transformers: Battle Tactics will be released sometime next year as a free download, but if you want to tease yourself a bit you can register on the official website to earn some extra goodies like wallpapers and Recruit Tokens (which I assume have some sort of in-game value).

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source: Transformers: Battle Tactics

Stormtroopers Grab Your Blaster Rifles – Star Wars: Galactic Defense Has Been Unleashed!

Posted by on October 30th, 2014
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DeNA, Lucasfilm, and The Walt Disney Company have released Star Wars: Galactic Defense.

Choose to join the light of the dark side in this tower defense game. Players can battle at iconic Star Wars locales and find classic characters as they strive to tip the balance in their side’s favor. You can choose to play though the campaign or to connect with your friends online to compete for the top spot on the leader boards.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense adds its own flare to the traditional tower defense genre and brings the excitement that was once limited to a galaxy far, far away, right to your fingertips,“ said Barry Dorf, vice president of partnerships and alliances at DeNA. “The game packs beloved characters, iconic locations, tactical gameplay, and heart-pounding battles into one exciting mobile experience”

You can download Star Wars: Galactic Defense for free from the App Store now.

The First Major Update for Godus Adds New Lands, Mini-Games, and More

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
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The first major update for 22 CansGodus has arrived, bringing new lands, tweaks for Halloween, and more.

The big new feature for this update is the new lands to explore. Players can now construct an Ark and stock it with supplies, bringing their followers into the new, more advanced Frontier Age, which contains new cards to collect.

Meanwhile, in order to get into the spirit of the season, the landscape has been given a ‘scary’ change as well as followers dressing up for the holidays. Players can also win items from the new ‘Voyage’ challenge mode to decorate the world with .

Godus is available to lord over download from the App Store now for free.

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via: Our Review

ObiWanKenobiThree powerhouses, DeNA, Disney, and Lucasfilm, have joined together to develop the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Defense. The tower defense game is rooted in the Star Wars universe and lets the player choose their allegiance between the light and the dark side.

The game will have four different factions, 100 battle scenarios in locations such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor, and over 30 different iconic Star Wars characters for you to control. Destroy wave after wave of enemies in both single player mode and online social events where you can earn rewards with rare bonuses. As you play you will be able to level-up your forces and develop your own strategies. Will you focus on forces skills or drive towards more powerful weapons?

There is no set release date as of yet, but it is said that the game will be coming out later this year. You can pre-register on the Star Wars: Galactic Defense website to help unlock bonus content when the game comes out.

Cupcake Carnival Review

Cupcake Carnival Review

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Cupcake Carnival does all the right match-3 things but it's a format we've seen a little too often by now.

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Pirate Bash Review

Pirate Bash Review

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Pirate Bash's turn-based battles add an intriguing twist to a typical physics game.

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Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares.

Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a few tips to help you take apart your enemies.

Attention All Cube Warriors:
Want to know what we thought of all this qube carnage? Take a look at our Qube Kingdom review!

Starting Out

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  • Remember: some fighters have elemental affinities. Certain classes of Questors have an elemental type, which is indicated by a symbol on their profile. There are three affinities: Magic, Metal, and Nature. Magic bests Metal, Metal bests Nature, and Nature bests Magic. Enemies likewise take and deal more damage according to their affinities; if a particular enemy has an affinity, you’ll see a small icon pop-up beside them as they take damage. Remember, neutral Questors like knights and archers can’t deal element-based damage – but neither are they penalized by elemental attacks.
  • Make friends and accept friend requests for powerful allies. The “qlubhouse” (the blue-and-white tent beside your “barraqs”) is where you can recruit allies, including Facebook friends that are already playing the game. Allies can be a valuable way to get automatic access to powerful Questors, and they’re also the best way to get social qubes. Social qubes can be used to recruit new Questors, and you get a few every time you complete a battle with the aid of another player’s Questor. If you register a Questor as a friend, you get more social qubes every time they help out.

To Arms!

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  • Take advantage of each battle’s slow start to learn the lay of the land. Enemy waves intensify the longer a battle goes on. Take advantage of slow early waves by getting a feel for the layout. Where are your Questors most effective? What kind of enemies are being thrown at you? Are there any quobelisk traps you can trigger to your advantage?
  • Place long-range attackers first. Long-range attackers are out of harm’s way – at least until other archers and/or magic users come onto the field. Enemy waves usually start with melee attackers, so soften things up a bit by putting long-range attackers onto the battlefield.
  • Don’t activate red quobelisks! Quobelisks – block-shaped switches on the battlefield – are triggered when a certain number of enemies are killed nearby. Red quobelisks will damage your party members if they’re activated, so keep your Questors as far from them as possible.
  • Do take advantage of other quobelisks, however. Don’t steer away from quobelisks of other colors, though; they’re very beneficial. For instance, blue quobelisks activate roadblocks that re-route your enemies or block their path. Yellow quobelisks activate a fire trap that can clear a crowd of enemies in a second.
  • Upgrade your Questors during battle, but don’t go crazy too early. You can spend cubes to upgrade your Questors during a fight. However, during the early stages of a battle you should spend your resources on covering the field with Questors. Once everyone is placed you can focus on upgrades to your fighters’ hit points and attack strength.

Surviving the Onslaught

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  • Upgrade your Questors as soon as you have the resources to do so. The blue qubes you earn after successful battles lets you permanently make your Questors stronger. Access their profiles while they’re camping, and select “upgrade.”
  • Check the award boards for valuable rewards. Woo hoo! Free stuff! Earning achievements unlocks rare qubes and other rewards.  Make sure to visit the bulletin board from time to time. They’re just south of your barraqs. Unclaimed rewards vanish after a few days, so don’t forget about them.
  • Stuck? Do some level grinding. Even if you lack elite qubes to summon rarer, more powerful Questors, your common Questors can still be made more powerful by upgrading them. Doing so requires blue qubes, which can be won in battle. If you’re having trouble with a level, re-visit old levels and grind for blue qubes.

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Qube Kingdom Review

Qube Kingdom Review

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Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it's a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.

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DeNA Brings the Pain With Super Battle Tactics

Posted by on July 7th, 2014
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Years after the Advanced War series successfully melded the world of heavy artillery combat with mobile gaming, DeNA is taking their own whack at the turn-based strategy genre. In their newly debuted game, Super Battle Tactics, players get to build up an impressive armory of tanks and then face off against the competition.

This free-to-play experience revolves around upgrading and purchasing new vehicles, while also performing well strategically in the arena of combat. Successful performances help to attract sponsors, which in-turn brings in the revenue necessary to build out an amazing arsenal. Mix in some social networking features just for good measure, and this may be a recipe for mayhem inducing success.

Super Battle Tactics is now available for free in the iOS App Store as a universal app.

Isolani, the latest first-person shooter from DeNA and Scattered Entertainment, creators of The Drowning, is a curious game. It tries to bring a story-based FPS into the structure of games like Candy Crush Saga, particularly with recharging lives and a linear progression, as opposed to the mission-based structure of The Drowning. David Simard, a producer on Isolani with Scattered Entertainment, took some time to answer questions about the game.


Continue reading DeNA and Scattered Entertainment’s Isolani: Producer David Simard on the Interesting Free-to-Play First-Person Shooter Experiment »

DeNA and Hasbro have today announced Transformers: Age of Extinction, the official mobile game for the film of the same name. The game is the second title in an exclusive three-year agreement between the two companies, the first being the online CCG Transformers Legends. Unlike LegendsAge of Extinction is set to be a ‘3D combat runner’, with players taking out enemies also featured in the movie as they run, dash, and change form in a variety of environments.

Barry Dorf, vice president of partnerships and alliances at DeNA, had this to say about the project:

The TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION mobile game will deliver an explosive interactive entertainment experience on mobile devices for TRANSFORMERS fans and consumers looking to extend their movie experience after the credits roll. This isn’t your typical runner game; this game puts the player in the middle of an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster where it’s destroy or be destroyed!

Transformers: Age of Extinction is set to be available later this year. If players pre-register on the official website with their Facebook account, they will receive a Rare Transmetal Rocket Launcher for the game when it launches.

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DeNA and Crytek unleash The Collectables Easter Egg Mayhem in-game event to run through April 22nd

Posted by on April 14th, 2014
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DeNA and Crytek, the collaborative team behind tactical third-person action game The Collectables, has gotten into the spirit of the season by revealing it ongoing “Easter Egg Mayhem” in-game event that is scheduled to run till 15:00 CEST on April 22.

The event allows players to collect Easter-themed reward cards by accumulating Easter eggs. According to the official announcement, by completing the extremely challenging reward stages players can earn bronze, silver, and Epic reward cards that are not available in the regular campaign.

Crytek Budapest Studio Manager Kristoffer Waardahl mentions the humorous undertones. “The Collectables had an amazing launch and we’re just getting started. Crytek and DeNA are dedicated to delivering great content and the Easter Egg Mayhem event is a prime example of this,” he says. “Easter Egg Mayhem puts a spotlight on the fantastic sense of humor in The Collectables and we hope our fans have as much fun playing through the event as we did making it.”

The Collectables is available for free on the App Store.

via: Our app announcement

Third-Person Shoot-Em-Up The Collectables Arrives for iOS

Posted by on March 24th, 2014
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The Collectables, the cheeky yet realistic fruit of a collaboration between Crytek and DeNA, is live on the App Store.

In this hybridized third-person romp, players get to work as a group of upgradeable mercenaries while fighting against a ruthless enemy. The game sports rich graphics, a card system tactical combat, jungle scenery, and plenty of explosions.

“Crytek managed to do the unthinkable and integrate their remarkable CRYENGINE technology into the company’s first free-to-play mobile game,” said Barry Dorf, head of strategic partnerships at DeNA. “The Collectables is a visually stunning and explosive gameplay experience that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on mobile devices.”

The Collectables is available for free (with option in-app purchases) on the App Store.

via: Twitch TV Preview source: Crytek Press Release

Crytek and DeNA have partnered to bring The Collectables to the App Store in 2014. It’s a free-to-play title that features gunfights, 3D battlefields, and action heroes as players use tactics to lead squads on missions all around the world. For those who preregister for the game, they’ll receive an exclusive version of the character “Reload” and limited edition gear.

“DeNA offers unparalleled experience in the mobile gaming space, and we’re excited to be collaborating with their team to deliver The Collectables to players,” stated Paha Schulz in a press release, Director of Business Development, Games-as-a-Service at Crytek. “The Collectables will be the first free-to-play mobile game that leverages Crytek’s cutting-edge 3D game technology CRYENGINE.”

DeNA wants you to have a good Halloween this year! The company has decided to bring spooky new content to three of its mobile games: HellFire: The Summoning, Monster Match, and Transformers: Legends. This includes mummies, witches, haunted dungeons, and PUMPKINS! What about Pumpkin lattes?

HellFire unleashes witches, mummies, and scarecrows, scattering them throughout its new haunted dungeons in the in-game event that takes place now through the October 28.

Monster Match provides a taste of chaos with Chaos and the Gloom King: A Tale from the Dismal Islands. This event takes place from now through October 30.

Transformers: Legends features a ghost machine! Starscream’s ghost crosses over to cause trouble for the Autobots in this new episode that takes place from October 30 to November 5. I think it’s time for a new Autobot named Ghostbuster! [Editor’s Note: I’d have gone with “Exorcist Prime”]

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Who likes to preorder console games due to all those unique preorder bonuses? Well, DeNA is offering something similar when you preregister for its upcoming free-to-play arcade shooter, Lawless. All you need to do is visit the official website to receive an exclusive in-game weapon that can be used once the game releases later this year.

Check it out!

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Lawless is the latest game from DeNA, bringing an arcade shooter to iOS devices. The game offers cover-to-cover shootouts as players take the role of a professional criminal who is required to rob banks, assassinate targets, and more. Players who preregister now can unlock free content when the game releases.

“Lawless is an intense, skillful game designed as an ode to classic ‘light gun’ shooters and filled with the retro Californian feel of ‘90s bank robber movies,” said Ben Cousins, head of DeNA’s European studio operations and GM of the Scattered Entertainment, in a press release. “It’s been a great experience collaborating with the talented team involved with Dead Space: Extraction to bring a cinematic arcade shooter experience to mobile.”

BenCousinsDeNA and Scattered Entertainment’s ambitious mobile first-person shooter spearheaded by former Battlefield series producer Ben Cousins, The Drowning, has finally launched worldwide. After the first hands-on sessions at GDC 2013 the game has been in an international soft launch, but the final, complete version of the game is now available to everyone. I spoke with Ben Cousins about what he thinks this initial “complete” version of The Drowning succeeds at, and how the game has evolved over the past few months.

Cousins says that he’s quite proud of the way that Scattered Entertainment experimented with new control schemes. “…We were unsatisfied with the FPSes on mobile devices, and I think from our research, I think a lot of the potential audience who are really interested in the genre have a phone or a tablet, and they’re not satisfied with what they’ve got out there.” There’s two things that he thinks they have that others don’t; “The first thing that we’ve got which the competitors haven’t is a control system which is designed for touchscreens that you can play with just one hand, with just two fingers in fact on one hand, and one that really fluidly fits in with the way that we hold these devices and the usage patterns of these devices. So we’re really proud that we’ve created a control system which kind of unlocks the potential of this genre on the platform.”

TheDrowning_Shot_01“The second thing we’ve done is we’ve really respected the usage patterns of these devices as well. And we understand that people generally don’t sit down and create time for a four or five hour session of playing a game on a smart device. So we’ve deliberately created a game structure that means within two minutes you can make progress in the game and you can shut down the device, and you can bring it up for a two-minute session at any time, and you’re guaranteed to make progress.

“So we’ve divided the game into these discrete chunks. The gameplay feels very much like an FPS, you’re killing enemies, and it’s high action, and you’re in this 3D world, but the system we’ve created enables you to jump in and jump out in a way which a more console-style mobile-FPS doesn’t really let you do, you’ve got to wait for a save point or for a cutscene to finish or something like that.”

Interestingly, though, there’s a virtual control scheme in there as well, and Cousins justifies it by saying “If you remember back on Halo 1, you could actually opt to play that with the GoldenEye control scheme. Now the GoldenEye control scheme is very different from the Halo/Call of Duty control system. So in the same way that in that transition that Halo had to acknowledge the small numbers of players who were used to the GoldenEye style of controls, we’ve kind of done the same thing, we believe that the touch system we’ve created is the future of controlling FPSes on smart devices, but we also acknowledge that there is kind of a legacy on this platform and a certain number of people want to play with a traditional virtual stick style system.” He does believe that it’s a suboptimal way to play – and that most will switch to the ‘new’ control scheme, just as how console gamers have adapted to the scheme Halo introduced.

TheDrowning_Shot_02The international soft launch helped out in several ways. Cousins states, “So we actually went out with probably, an incomplete game, just because we got to the point where just playing it ourselves and trying got work out whether a feature was working or not wasn’t really helping, and we wanted to get on to the live audience,so that’s kind of what we did, and we’ve been adding a whole bunch of stuff that was in that backlog anyway.” The tutorial got trimmed down as part of the changes, and a stars system was added, which Cousins claims helped player satisfaction: “the game’s about going into these environments, playing for two minutes, getting a score, and then getting parts. Kind of exchanging that score for parts which you find the environment that you can then use to craft more weapons. And we never really had a clear way of showing the player whether they had a good score or a bad score. So players we were thinking were probably going in there and what was a reasonable score and actually they weren’t getting enough score to get that particular part that they need from the environment.”

TheDrowning_Shot_04“So we have a very direct feedback at the end of the round of whether you got a bad score or whether you got an awesome score, and this really helps the game loop because you do two things: you know you either just failed to get a score you wanted to get that part, and you want to play another round, or you’ve just succeeded in getting the score and it’s a fantastic kind of reinforcement moment in the game loop where you’re really excited because you just got that score that you needed to proceed.”

These little things may just make The Drowning a better experience, which players can now judge for themselves, as it is now available worldwide on the App Store.

Don’t Drink the Water – DeNA’s The Drowning Released Today

Posted by on August 1st, 2013
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The Drowning, DeNA and Mobage’s first-person shooter with the intuitive touch controls, is out today!

We’ve been keeping an eye on it for a while now, actually. Our official review is inbound, but in the meantime why not download it and try it for yourself? See what all the buzz is about and all that?

source: Mobage, Inc.

 

Clive-headshot-2-2-200x300Launching over 110 apps as ngmoco and then DeNA, this company has seen it all. Originally hyped as the “Nintendo of the iPhone” and grabbing the lion’s share of the iFund, ngmoco made some groundbreaking games. The games released by ngmoco did not lack quality, but they did lack sales. So in 2010, ngmoco made a big push into free to play. While it was rocky at first, the decision really started to pay off in 2012 with the release of Rage of Bahamut.

We talk with Clive Downie, CEO of DeNA West, about the transition from paid to free to play, and some of his thoughts and experiences of the last five years with the App Store.

148Apps: How has the App Store changed the way DeNA/ngmoco:) does business?

Clive Downie, CEO of DeNA West: The App Store hasn’t changed the way we do business. ngmoco was conceived to take advantage of the new App Store ecosystem. We were leaders in its early days, creating some of the original premium games such as Rolando and Skee Ball that paved the foundation of gaming on the iPhone. 

148Apps: If you have one single success within DeNA/ngmoco:) you’d like to highlight from the past five years on the App Store, what would it be?

Clive Downie: Pivoting the company to freemium to take advantage of Apple offering IAP in free apps. We were there on day one with Eliminate and Touch Pets Dogs. Then we followed up quickly with We Rule and Godfinger and received excellent promotional support from Apple.

148Apps: In the five years since launch, the App Store has gone through considerable changes. The number of users has skyrocketed along with downloads, prices for paid apps has stabilized way lower than many expected, free to play has dominated the top grossing charts. If, knowing what you know about the App Store now, you could go back and influence ngmoco five years ago, what would you say?

Clive Downie: I wouldn’t say anything new. We were shrewd to get out of paid, seeing the lowest average price plummet for apps and piracy negate the value we put into creating paid apps. In a market economy where the lowest price is zero that is always going to happen.

I’m proud that we pivoted the company the way we did to focus on the engagement multiples that going free allowed.

148Apps: What have you seen on the App Store, outside of DeNA/ngmoco:) companies, that has surprised you most?

Clive Downie: I’m surprised that it’s not smarter at personalizing what I as a consumer might want. Genius looks like it’s removed from iOS7, and while there will be some new location capabilities, it seems like there’s an opportunity to enhance the functionality around interests.

148Apps: Any predictions for what the App Store will be like five years from now?

Clive Downie: On a watch…

Personalized to me (Amazon on steroids) 

Many thanks to Clive Downie for his time.

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