Mobile Game Development Trends in 2013
The mobile game development scene has changed rapidly over the years. With the increased capabilities of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, games are becoming more immersive and are becoming a more realistic representation of reality. With these new features, technology is finally catching up with the ambitions of the developers.
Modern mobile devices are becoming more and more capable with hardware features being added with each new release. The technology is also improving with newer versions of operating systems for mobile phones such as android and iOS. With each new release of a mobile operating system, there are newer platform specific features that are being added hence making mobile games more rewarding.
The availability of app stores where developers can submit their games for downloads by the masses has also made it easier for developers to get their products out there without having to go through a lot of processes. With distribution portals such as Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Steam, developers can now get their games to the masses easily. This low barrier to entry in the mobile game ecosystem has made more people gain interest in mobile game development.
More and more tools for game development are being made each day with lower learning curves and a faster development time. These tools can be used for both 3d and 2d game development. The availability of new game engines that are optimized for mobile devices has been another important factor for the increased interest in game development.
Modern and powerful game engines and mobile development tools such as Unity 3d, Andengine, libgdx, cocos2d and marmalade make it easy to develop mobile games in a short time. The game engines have an easy learning curve thus reducing the trouble involved in game development. Games are now being rolled out faster with new features being added with every release cycle. This has resulted to shorter development cycles and an increase in the frequency of new releases.
The game development scene has also changed due to the introduction of html5. This new web technology has made mobile game development for different platforms a breeze. It is now possible to create a fully fledged game that runs on the mobile phone browser and interacts with the native hardware just like any other game. These games made using html5 are capable of running on any device as they are independent of device. The target platforms have therefore increased for mobile game development thus an increase in the number of games.
Added Device Features
Mobile devices also have modern features such:
1. The camera
3. Hardware acceleration
4. enhanced graphics and sounds
All which enhance the gaming experience for the users. Developers are making maximum use of these features in their games for controls and display using modern technologies such as OpenGL and WebGL. 3d games also render perfectly with minimal effect on the battery consumption. Games therefore run faster and at the same time give the users an enhanced user experience.
In conclusion, mobile game development has rapidly changed and improved over the years. With the improvement in technology, games are now being developed faster and target a larger share of mobile platforms.