Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
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A new sci-fi MMO for the mobile platform

The past few years have certainly seen a great shift for the gaming industry. While gamers of the past had only a selection of consoles to choose from, we now have mobile phones entering the fray, all updating and upgrading at rates console developers could only dream of. It’s then only natural that developers have decided to focus more on the mobile gaming industry than in others.

Why not the PC? Well, studies by the Pew Research Center revealed that 91% of Americans now own a cell phone, and 50% of these people use their phones for downloading and playing apps -- a 227% increase from figures in 2009. The mobile gaming industry is perhaps the biggest in the world, and Gaming Realms, operator of pocket fruity, claims that the “global smartphone and tablet installed base is expected to exceed the PC installed base during 2013”. While this has yet to be proven with statistical data, it seems the assumption is quite well-founded, as Super Monitoring has released an infographic showing that 50% of mobile users already use their phones as their primary internet source.

This is great news for all mobile gamers, as developers have finally begun shifting their focus to developing breathtaking games for the mobile industry. Games are becoming increasingly complicated and detailed, and this year, several new games have already been highlighted. Today, we feature a new game that’s set to change the sci-fi genre for mobile users everywhere.

Universe Rush is another one of those games being developed through crowdfunding. Developers launched their Kickstarter campaign two months ago, promising to bring space battles, console-level graphics and long-term strategic multiplayer gaming together in one polished mobile game. Fans of the Homeworld franchise will be happy to know that its approach to battles and environments became the starting point for Universe Rush, and if the game is able to pay respect to its muses, it should prove to be a stunning experience. It’s even being developed for compatibility with the Oculus Rift!

The game is reminiscent of Eve! Online, and it should be interesting to see how the developers deal with the economic and social aspects of the game, seeing as it’s set to be one of the biggest MMOs on the mobile platform.

No word yet on final pricing for the complete game once released, but a full tech demo has been made available for free on both Android and iOS.

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