Design Notes

Mobile Game Development

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Creating Omni-Games

This is the year that game studios across the world are taking their games "Cross Platform." If you have not seen this happening, you certainly will soon. It is a critical move for game studios who are continuing to grow during these crazy times. Thanks to you, we have been building and growing our games over the past 10 years. Many of our competitors, despite having larger teams and being better funded than us, did not survive. The ones that are left are all making the same wise move we now must make. We must make all of our games playable on iPhones, iPads, Androids, iPods, Tablets, Windows Phones and other mobile devices. Because it is not possible to do this using our tool of choice, Flash, we are now learning new technology and tools. The name we have assigned to this overwhelming task is "Project: Omni." It is not one game, it is actually the future of all of our games. From the original AdventureQuest to the new AdventureQuest3D, all games must be re-created from the ground up to play on all devices. Now, you must be thinking, "OMG!!!! Do you have any idea how much work that is?" The answer is, yes. So before we commit to trying to do the impossible, we have the entire team building a fresh new game project to see how far we can push the devices with our graphics and animation. It is off to an amazing start! If you are interested in learning how we are making this new game run on every device, then join me here each day for a behind the scenes post of our progress. Future posts will be a lot more funny than this post... probably not on purpose :-P
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Bladebrawl
Bladebrawl: Wait... Artix Entertainment NOT using Flash to make games... What... What is.... MY BRAIN JUST BROKE
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Artix
Artix: Aye. Artix Entertainment has been unbelievably loyal to Flash as a development platform for 10 years. To see us changing direction so abruptly is a sign of a major shift in the web-based gaming world.
baculi
baculi: what hapened with the doom cauldron idea ?
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supersie
supersie: so i will be able to play this on my Nintendo 3ds?
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Artix
Artix: The assets we are creating could be used to make Nintendo 3ds games now. The things we were building before could not be used on that platform.
velc
velc: I must play this. Artix I know why the other companies did'nt survive because they dont have the epicness as AE sure AE isn't as big but its got commitment. is that chibi sepulchure LONG UNLIVE THE CHIBI SHADOWSCYTHE.
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: 1. YEEEEEES ON ANDROID (i dont own one but im glad because no one will complain about it now :P) 2. I really do hope its gona be everyday or im gona reference this post alot AND 3. I CANT WAIT FOR THE MOBILE EPICNEEEEESS (please dont make it all online like another mobile RPG *cough* Zenonia 5 *cough* if u have to add a single and multi mode :D (this was rlly long but i hope it helped a little :D(
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: ) is supposed to be at the end DX
Issachar
Issachar: Hey what are the pictures that you keep posting from? The game you making?
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Boxcar_9631023
Boxcar_9631023: Wow, This is pretty cool. Will there be a private Beta event for all of the Alpha Knights?
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jduke
jduke: Make sure it gets to the nook tablet
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Ultimumlord
Ultimumlord: Roger that.
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Cyber512
Cyber512: its awesome that ae team is finally going mobile! after your 10th anniversary... its like everything upgraded to the next level! ill be looking forward to playing your omni-games! p.s, hope its free, but with also micro transactions! :D Battle On!
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Zadck
Zadck: This. Right here, this. This is why AE is so epic. I love the passion you all have!
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raveolot86
raveolot86: so will this be able to play on flash like PC
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Menirz
Menirz: Hahaa I cant wait to see what Project: Omni brings about! This is going to be a fun summer...
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solius
solius: or winter for those in the southern hemisphere like myself.
Cryptos2600
Cryptos2600: Well I have nothing to say but - "OMG!!!! Do you have any idea how much work that is?". Anyways good luck AE staff.
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Bogg
Bogg: This is just a what-if based on how I think things might go. Why not instead of reworking the games because they are based on Flash to something Flash adjacent, build a platform that runs on Flash but specifically for ARTIX games? I know there are plenty of apps like that for the ipad, although i'm not sure how well they run with these types of games, but I have seen games that run on a heavier load of flash memory like MAA(Marvel's Avengers Alliance) and seems to do rather well with a only a few bumps in the road. Windows I don't see as a major gaming stage and never really gave it a chance so meh. I understand changing the code to fit all current tech devices means reaching a wider audience and better chances of increasing overall profit, which will most likely translate to better things for both newcomers and veterans resulting in a win-win for everyone. For me, I see tweaking as an option instead complete re-coding to fit all devices and possibly reducing the amount of time build and slightly altering instead of completely reworking dramatically. Yes, it would be a smaller audience but it's better than not having any and losing out to would-be customers and lifelong followers like myself. I had the feeling the 'Master Account' idea was a stepping stone to where you the company is going now. I do hope things work out. So far i'm happy the way thing are going and if you just happen to find a way to reach all target audiences through the direction you guys want to go, all the more power to ya(Oversoul is going to shine with this idea regardless of how it's approached. I also understand resources play a huge factor in what option are available. I know there are probably a bunch of details i'm not aware of that have to do with how the interface is actually going to work with existing accounts, which makes me start to ask questions. Will there be an import/export option (AQW discarded idea)(linked accounts don't count)? For stand alone games original AQ, will it be multiplayer integrated (not needed but interesting)? If or when DF go live will it receive the same treatment? Will Warpforce be revived, if not why not just combine AQ with WF or simply shut it down and issue redeemables for other ARTIX games of their choice(if they spent money)? PonyVsPony? Mech? Will AQW be turned into a turn based game for mobile device but stay the same for ipad and tablets? How will things change for the Master Account system? Will there be World Bosses? Tournaments? League Tournaments? What should we expect future games to look like (adult themed)? Will constant connection be required? I feel satisfied.
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Artix
Artix: Great comments! I like how much you are thinking about this. We have never shut down a game, and do not see a reason why we ever should. Warpforce, for example, is a really fun game for those who like those type of games. Just because the weekly updates have stopped a few years ago does not mean we should take it away from the players who enjoy it.
JeffTechnoWiz
JeffTechnoWiz: Yes bigger and more funded company's have died out. But that does not mean AE is immune to the same faith. It just this idea sounds really crazy. Plus I will admit I hadn't heard of other companys going mult platform in this sort of way. It just..Hire on more staff so you don't drive yourselfs crazy :I
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Artix
Artix: If we could afford to hire on more staff we would. We have to use our talent and time wisely over the next year.
JeffTechnoWiz
JeffTechnoWiz: Just make sure this event does not tear the company apart. I may have question and voiced my fears a lot in the past. But this just seems to be the "All in" sort of bet that you are doing o.o
SamX
SamX: I gotta go buy a tablet or smartphone,FAST!
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dalvin1995
dalvin1995: This is gonna be Epic i wish i was 18 so i could join the AE team :/ but i will be this year:)been a fan since 09 and thanks to this game i finally realized my dream so GOOD LUCK ARTIX!!!!
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Zion
Zion: I would really be interested in knowing which platform is being used? I know Unity can export to all the platforms mentioned - are you becoming full-time Unity developers?
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dalvin1995
dalvin1995: And everyone else on the team keep up the awesome work i love adventure qeust worlds its my favorite game i hope nothing bad ever happens to the game and look out because as soon as i turn 18 Im gonna learn as much as i can about game design then if you all allowed me i would want to join you guys!!!! you guys are awesome!!!
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Silvanesty
Silvanesty: Well, about playing A.E. games on tablet devices. I own a non rooted kindle fire and with a few tricks, using dolphin browser and a flash player plugin basically, I was able to successfully play both original AQ and DF -haven't tried the others though- with no performance issues. The only downside was the unbalanced resolution wich mostly got fixed by using either the fullscreen option (DF) or the adjust to screen built in option from the browser.
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Drakotaa
Drakotaa: This is amazing!!!! :)
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Ddksoulace
Ddksoulace: So artix. will we still be able to play all the AE games online or will we have to download them?
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Aldain
Aldain: Maybe in future... Artix Entertainment will have a game that is "realistic"! :)
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MondezX
MondezX: Adventurequest Classic, Dragonfable, Mechquest, Epicduel, AQW, HeroSmash, and OVersoul. If this project Omni is successful then I can't wait to see how all of the current and previous AE games will convert to mobile devices. It is true Flash is ceasing its development sadly to say for HTML5 and other codes, but seeing as AE games evolving from the many years that it has done to grow such a huge fanbase and community as a whole. I can't wait to see how this new development will arise.
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Sauron
Sauron: I wonder, If they are trying to go on ALL devices, then can it be on the Xbox 360?
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Hurricane150
Hurricane150: Omni=Awesomeness..... Please keep the work up! good luck! I hope this works, I want to play this on my google nexus! and My PS3 .....and my WII.... and my Nintendo Advance..............and my GameCube................................
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velc
velc: Gamecube is infinetly superior to everything above
No102
No102: I agree with velc
Carman Sandego
Carman Sandego: This sounds awesome! If your still looking for a better name for the project how about protect fusion? Since your basically trying to "fuse" all the different ways playing of electronic games into one program.
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: OmniFuse!!! sounds odd when you think about their meanings but the word itself is cool. Am i right?
Drive
Drive: I am so excited Artix Entertainment! You definitely have the support of this player! I know that you will revolutionize gaming. But I am curious...are you going to use HTML5? HTML5 works on almost every smartphone, tablet, and console. I can't WAIT to play AQWorlds on my PS Vita! I bet I'll never purchase another game for it again, because I will soon be able to play AQWorlds!
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Warri
Warri: Godd
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Derpyfire
Derpyfire: I will be so exited if it will come out on the Nintendo Wii!!!!!!!
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Derpyfire
Derpyfire: P.S. Love the Seppy pic.
Renwolf
Renwolf: Intersting. might decide to get a ipad after all
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Darkja
Darkja: i want it for xperia
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Randomguy
Randomguy: Or just buy a flash app which cost no more than 2 quid and play the game like you would in a desktop browser.
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nice.
nice.: sounds fun!nice idea,i cant wait
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ElrynWarmage
ElrynWarmage: *grin* Simply epic. I cannot wait to see the games to be played on so many platforms.
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: I have a couple questions though, is the character gona be customizable or select characters ex: Sepulchure (above) Artix (from before) King Alteon (before he was a king :D) etc.
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mech
mech: will the game you play on the pc remain the same on your phone? for example, if i play mechquest or dragon fable on the pc, then moments later play on my phone, will it be the same thing? will i still continue playing where i left off on my computer? i hope it is
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TheLoneZetaElite
TheLoneZetaElite: Awesome! I can't wait, it would be awesome to play them on my Ipad :D
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Necropol
Necropol: If you are working on the Project Omni,when AQ3D will pass the alpha phase?
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Gix_
Gix_: AQ3D FOR TABLET??
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Brayden
Brayden: If ya guys need a name for this game try Adventure Quest Mobile just thought of it
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TORCHURER
TORCHURER: Will you guys put every game on tabs....Cuz start with AQW after project omni that'd be great
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shadowlucifer
shadowlucifer: Srry abt the last comment it was pending i meant to say dat i guess battle gems is complete jss awaiting it release u guys submitted it on apple...bt gave no news for droid y so?? Droid is d larger platform nd well a lot of people await it desperately pls do it fast
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Necropol
Necropol: Well you mentioned WINDOWS PHONE and there is no game created by AE on The market. I realm wanted to support Battle Gems and Dragons, so why are you making games only for Iphone and Android? At least tell us if you have in mind to create a Windows Phone version of AQ3D please.
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Cysero
Cysero: Primarily because Windows Phone has no market penetration and it's dropping as we speak. As of Feb of this year, iOS and Android held a collective 96.3% of the market share for all smart phones and tablets. If we did make a game for windows phone and it has roughly the same install rate and conversion rate as it does on the other platforms, we would only get a handful of people installing the games and even fewer ever choosing to pay for anything. The cost (in terms of hours and money spent) of producing a game for that format would not be offset by the possible gains. In short, it would cost more to make a game for windows phone than we would earn after we released it. We would LOVE to be able to justify making our games for Windows Phones etc, and If we have a HUGE hit with massive potential, then it would be worth the time and money to develop for Windows phone but until we have a proven hit, we probably won't. Sorry.
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