Steve Jobs and crew announced the arrival of Apple’s Game Center at their media event today. I would’ve watched it live, but they only let Apple Fanboys stream it, so I missed out (Only Apple devices were allowed to stream the event). Like I said, the big news is that Game Center, which is a Xbox-Live type of service for the iPhone and iTouch, will be released next week in the iOS 4.1 update. It will also be available in November for Pad users.
Game Center will operate just like Xbox-Live in that it’ll match you up to play multiplayer games, and give you a standard user account across multiple titles. There’ll be cheves and other bells and whistles with this new iOs 4.1 feature. I think it sounds like a great idea, but I’m still not at the point where I want to spend hours on end gaming on a phone. The games and apps are wonderful, but only in small doses.
The next big announcement at this event in regards to iDevice gaming is the ‘Project Sword’ deal with EPIC. EPIC is the Unreal Engine developer that has made such games as Gears of War, Unreal, and Shadow Complex. I must say that these guys are probably my favorite devs out there. Their Unreal Engine pretty much runs any great game that is on the market today, and I’m a total Gears of War die hard.
‘Project Sword’ looks to be some sort of medieval slasher that appears to be very highly detailed graphically. It’ll encompass both 1st and 3rd person views, as well as competitive multiplayer and GC cheves. People that were at the event expressed that the game looked wonderful on the iPhone, and that it played very smoothly. The rest of us won’t be able to judge it until the holiday season. Finally, Apple ganks something awesome from Microsoft! You’ve been graced again by Mr. Jobs…
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