Unity Technologies announced a new developmental platfrom called Unity Android which brings with it the ability for developers of iOS games to port their games onto the Android platform more easily than was possible before. In other Android game news, Gameloft announced that they are working with Epic Games on launching four new games based around Unreal Engine 3 that will be available on Android devices.
Unity Technologies made their announcement at Game Developers Conference yesterday, and highlighted how easy it was for iOS developers to port their games onto the Android platform by including testimonials from several developers.
The testimonials claimed that time it took to complete a port varied from a couple of days, to a week, to two weeks, based upon the complexity of the game and the number of titles being worked on. However, the downside of Unity Android is that the iOS app has to have been developed on Unity in the first place, so don't expect every game to get ported over in this manner.
The release of this development platform is big news for Android users. Even though the number of Android users and developers have grown immensely in the past several months, there has been a shortage of game titles from the big names in game publishing for the Android ecosystem when compared to the games which are available for iOS devices.
Hopefully the ease at which development teams can port over their titles to Android will quickly and greatly increase the number of quality games available in the Android Market.
In regards to the announcement by Gameloft, the games which are in development seem to be targeted for the current and upcoming generation of processors from Qualcomm (such as the dual-cores they are working on), so expect the titles to have high quality graphiocs and be very resource intensive.
Epic Games is responsible for the development of well-known titles such as Gears of War series, Unreal series, and Infinity Blade. I would say it's a safe bet that the at least one, if not all, of the games Epic Games is working on will be
No names were mentioned in the press release from Unity, but the launch dates for two of the titles are expected to be sometime this year, with the other two releasing sometime in 2012.
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