Increasing hegemony affects iOS gaming
Game publisher Electronic Arts says it has acquired Firemint, the developer of titles like Flight Control and Real Racing. Firemint dates back to 1999, and currently employs about 60 people. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced, even though the acquisition process is expected to wrap up in four weeks.
Firemint brings dual-screen iPad gaming in 1080p
Firemint has brought 1080p dual-screen gaming to the iPad with Real Racing 2 HD in an iPad 2 first. Firemint have been able to use Apple’s new Digital AV Adapter for the iPad 2 with HDMI output to allow the main gaming image to be displayed on an HD TV, while simultaneously showing an alternative image from the game on the iPad 2. In this application, the iPad 2 still works as the motion controller with full gyro support, while the secondary image displayed on the iPad 2 is a map of the track and other telemetry from the racing game including lap times.
Up 16 players online, an iOS first
Firemint has released Real Racing 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The eagerly anticipated iOS title brings 16 player online racing, which is a first for the platform. The second-generation game features 30 highly detailed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, the 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35) and the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. Its career mode alone offers gamers over 10 hours of gameplay.
Game app supports Game Center 16-multiplayer games
Firemint has announced the sequel to its Real Racing game for the iPhone, Real Racing 2, which is scheduled to arrive next week. The latest edition of the popular auto-racing game for iOS will feature 30 licensed cars and an expansive 16-car grid against the AI. The game offers career-mode play, covering over 10 hours of game time across a range of events. In addition to the career mode, gamers can play in Quick Race or Time Trial modes, along with local multiplayer, with up to 8 players, or online multiplayer with a maximum 16 players. Game Center support, Cloudcell integration and multiple profiles are all onboard in version 2.
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As the iPad launch looms tomorrow, four new games have been launched for the new Apple platform. PopCap has launched its popular iPhone and Mac zombie fighting game, Plants vs. Zombies HD for iPad. The game pits the user against hordes of zombies using a variety of plants to fend them off. The iPad version adds larger graphics taking advantage of the iPad's display; it also gets exclusive achievements, 18 mini-games and the survival mode. The new iPad version is $10 and available now on the App Store.