Another practice that is starting to become common place is the development of companion apps for games. There are already plenty of them available for a variety of games from World of Warcraft to the Ghost Recon Network app. Now the Playstation 3 game Starhawk has its own companion application called Starhawk Uplink.
We knew this was coming awhile ago, actually back in January of this year. Well now it has finally arrived onto Google Play. What are we talking about? Microsoft's My Xbox Live application for Android is what we are babbling about right now. However, before jumping right into this, there are a couple of things you need to know.
Well the rumors are starting to fly which can only mean one thing, there has to be some truth to this on some level. Not to mention that Amazon did state awhile ago that they would expand into other regions but didn't have any timeline as to when that would be. Apparently, in regards to a European expansion, that could be later this Summer.
Since this really isn't a game in the traditional sense, we are placing this under apps. Still, it is an entertainment app and quite a humorous one at that. Hatometr was developed by S&G&Soft with the idea that you can take your stress, anger or frustration out on the cute little Unicorn in the game.
Way back in June of 2011 we mentioned that games would be coming to Google+ thanks to some coding found inside Google+. Indeed, not too long after that, Google started releasing social games onto Google+. Now the same scenario is happening but this time it is with the Google+ mobile application.
Nintendo's next possibly big product is going to be the Wii U and along with it comes a new component called the Mii-verse. This is a social gaming features that you will not only be accessed through the Wii U but also through your smartphone or tablet. An interesting move from a company who has long stood against smartphone and tablet gaming.
Another change to the Google Play store has arrived regarding in-app purchases/billing but this time it deals with subscriptions. Developers can now offer in-app subscriptions which users can sign up for. Games for a monthly fee and digital magazine style applications will benefit the most from this.
Blizzard's latest addition to the Diablo franchise was just released last week and the launch of Diablo III has been less than stellar due to a variety of emergency server maintenance and patching having been going on since the launch. This, in turn, has pissed off a rather large amount of players.
Following in the footsteps of the nVisions digital magazine, Gamefly have released their own interactive digital publication as well called GameQ. As you might expect from gaming industry themed publication, GameQ will contain in-depth stories, interviews and more. Just like the nVision's magazine as well, the GameQ magazine is available only for tablets.
So a new rumor is rolling around out there that Google is currently developing a Game Center style application and service for Android. While this is a 'new' rumor, back in June of 2011 we actually predicted that this would happen eventually anyways.
In a few weeks time, Facebook will launch its own app store in an effort transform the social network into a premier app destination. App Center will be spread out across the desktop, Android and iOS. It will contain both free and paid apps along with links to Google Play and iTunes should an app need to be installed on devices before they can be used.