Here Are The Game Developers That Xbox Windows Phone Desperately Needs

Last week, Gameloft kicked off their much anticipated wave of Xbox releases for Windows Phone 8 with Asphalternative text 7, a game I điện thoại tư vấn the best racer on the platsize in our Review. They’ve followed up this week with the very svào The Amazing Spider-Man and the not-so-svào & highly skippable Real Soccer 2013. With at least 9 more games coming, including first-person shooters, action games, and even an MMORPG, it’s safe khổng lồ say that Gameloft will keep Windows Phone gamers pretty busy this year.

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Similarly, Electronics Arts và its subsidiaries Chillingo and PopCap have sầu produced a ton of fine sản phẩm điện thoại Xbox games as Nokia exclusives within the past few months. All of the Notê EA games are expected khổng lồ become available to lớn general Windows Phone audiences six months after release, so they really bởi benefit the platsize as a whole.

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However large & prolific they might be, publishers Gameloft & Electronic Arts can’t keep the Xbox Windows Phone lineup afloat all by themselves. The world of smartphone gaming is vast indeed. iOS và Android thrive thanks to lớn many game developers & publishers, both great & small. Today we continue our ‘How Microsoft can save sầu Xbox Games for Windows Phone’ editorial series with a look at the game makers that our platsize needs in order to thrive sầu.

Microsoft must work lớn retain Xbox Windows Phone developers and secure new ones.

While the first Temple Run is due at some point on WIndows Phone 8, iOS users are already enjoying Temple Run 2 (pictured).

I’ll admit that Windows Phone is still a niđậy platform compared khổng lồ iOS và Android, so expecting a high-volume developer to lớn port all of its games khổng lồ Microsoft’s di động OS is a bit much – especially when none of the big middleware engines like Unity & Havok are actually ready yet. But Microsoft can’t afford to just wait a few years & hope that more developers eventually sign on.

For one, we’ve sầu seen evidence of Xbox Windows Phone developers of all sizes becoming disillusioned & leaving the platform, including previous supporters lượt thích trò chơi House & IronSun Studtiện ích ios. The unpleasant and time consuming Xbox Live certification process, the relatively small user base, và a laông chồng of financial incentives from Microsoft are all at fault. The platsize needs to be gaining developers, not losing established ones.

Besides, if Microsoft takes a wait-and-see, low-spending approach towards the Xbox Windows Phone lineup, in a few years’ time there simply won’t be a Windows Phone gaming scene. Gaming might not be the number one selling point of a smartphone platsize, but it’s still big business on iOS và Android. Every year that Microsoft neglects to lớn put their might behind growing Xbox Windows Phone is another year that iOS và Android grow và advance further than this underdog platkhung. If someone doesn’t draw a line in the s& và get Windows Phone properly caught up, there will eventually be no catching up.


Key publishers that appeal lớn gaming enthusiasts must be encouraged lớn go all-in on Windows Phone.

Alright, so Xbox Windows Phone needs more developers & publishers, but which ones? Look at the existing Windows Phone lineup: it’s filled with puzzle games, physics puzzlers, & casual games. Those all have sầu a place, but ‘core’ games are woefully lacking. The platform needs meatier, more hardcore games such as can be found in ample supply on iOS & Android. Hardcore doesn’t mean limited appeal; not only vì chưng more serious games sell great on other platforms, but rethành viên that a lot of Xbox Windows Phone gamers actually come from the Xbox 360 and want to play console-like games on the go.

The lineup of Gameloft games that I discussed earlier are a perfect start to lớn providing that deeper, more compelling console-style experience on Windows Phone. Now let’s look at a few more high-priority publishers that Microsoft should be wooing.

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Demons" Score sports some impressive điện thoại graphics.

This Japanese publisher is already onboard with Windows Phone, having published Final Fantasy & KooZac so far. Both are fine titles, but the original Final Fantasy is clearly dated and puzzle games lượt thích KooZac aren’t what the publisher is known for. Square-Enix is dipping its toes in the Windows Phone waters rather than jumping in head first. But the publisher has some top-tier điện thoại titles that could be ported lớn Xbox Windows Phone, if only Microsoft would convince them lớn bởi it:

Chaos Rings IIChrono TriggerDemons’ ScoreFinal Fantasy DimensionsFinal Fantasy IIIFinal Fantasy IVFinal Fantasy TacticsSecret of ManaThe World Ends with You

If left to its own devices, Square-Enix might possibly port Final Fantasy II this year – a 3-year old iOS port of an aged NES game that most RPG fans consider inferior to lớn the original, & still quite dated for an RPG. But imagine if the publisher leapt ahead to their strongest games, và brought those over at a rate of two or more per year. The games listed above sầu would sell lượt thích hotcakes, plus before too long Square-Enix could publish Windows Phone ports much closer to lớn its iOS releases.



Street Fighter X Tekken is surprisingly playable on touch-screen devices, so why not Windows Phone?

Capcom is another Japanese publisher with a huge presence on both consoles & smartphones. Windows Phone has a single Capcom title so far: KenKen (mysteriously not available on Windows Phone 8). But just lượt thích KooZac, it’s not exactly a top-tier effort. Here are some Capcom games our platkhung really needs:

Final FightGhosts n’ Goblins Gold Knights IIGhost TrickMarvel vs. Capcom 2Mega Man XMonster Hunter Dynamic HuntingPhoenix WrightResident Evil 4Street Fighter IVStreet Fighter X Tekken

Again, that’s an extremely solid lineup. If Microsoft và Capcom inked a multigame giảm giá akin to the Gameloft 12 games agreement, Windows Phone could be swimming in stellar Capcom games in no time.


Warner Bros

Batman: Arkmê mẩn City Lockdown relies on the Unreal Engine that we discussed in a previous editorial.

Another major force in entertainment, Warner Bros. produces smartphone versions of many blockbuster console franchises. Just look at this list:

BastionBatman: Arksay mê City LockdownLEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Midway ArcadeScribblenauts RemixTapper World TourUltimate Mortal Kombat 3



Gọi of Duty: Blachồng Ops Zombies is a couple of years old, but Windows Phone could still use it.

Activision is one of the largest console publishers in the world, right beside Electronic Arts. While ‘The Big A’ is less prolific in the di động arena than the two previous publishers, it still produces some very important iOS games.

Activision AnthologyGọi of Duty Zombieshotline of Duty: Blaông chồng Ops ZombiesPitfall! (A 3 chiều reimagining of the Atari 2600 already available on Windows Phone)Skylanders BattlegroundsSkylanders Cloud PatrolSkylanders Lost Islands

That’s right, gọi of Duty – the single bestselling videogame br& in the world – could be ported khổng lồ Windows Phone. Microsoft already has a great relationship with Activision, often negotiating timed exclusivity of hotline of Duty DLC for the Xbox 360. Leveraging that relationship khổng lồ bring Activision into the Windows Phone stronghold makes perfect sense. Why let Gameloft’s upcoming clone Modern Combat 4 have sầu all the fun?



Dishonored: Rat Assassin - This screenshot speaks for itself.

This console publisher hasn’t been cranking out di động games as fast as they used to, with Dishonored: Rat Assassin being their only recent release. Rat Assassin is a Fruit Ninja clone that ties inlớn last year’s critically lauded console release Dishonored. Although a small-scale điện thoại title, Rat Assassin has that rare crossover of casual gameplay with hardcore appeal. Bethesdomain authority also owns id Software’s bachồng catalog of iOS releases, all of which would be highly welcome on Windows Phone.

Dishonored: Rat AssassinDoom ClassicDoom II RPGDoom ResurrectionRage 3DWolfenstein 3D PlatinumWolfenstein RPG

Two of those games are RPG spin-offs of first-person shooters – both genres that Windows Phone badly needs.

Take-Two Interactive

This media giant consists of two gaming brands: Rockstar & 2K Games. The former has yet lớn touch Windows Phone development, depriving us of their fine Grvà Theft Auto ports. 2K Games did produce decent Xbox versions of Civilization Revolution & Sid Meier"s Pirates. Still, 2K"s biggest sản phẩm điện thoại title Borderlands Legends is what gamers really want.

Grvà Theft Auto lớn IIIGrand Theft Auto: Vice CityGr& Theft Auto: Chinatown WarsMax Payne MobileBorderlands LegendsNBA 2K13NHK 2K11 (This would need khổng lồ be updated, of course.)

Next installment: The games Microsoft themselves should be making

Now then, how bởi you feel about the publishers in this article, guys, gals và hybrids? What other Mobile game developers & publishers should Microsoft court for Xbox Windows Phone development? Let us know in the comments below.

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