Gameloft Stories July 24, 2014

Modern Combat 5: Blackout released after earlier embarrassing leak by competition winners

‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout,’ the game embarrassingly leaked by competition winners given early access to it, is now available on iTunes.

First seen in a trailer in early June, Gameloft claims that the latest installment is the best yet.

Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooters once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads!

Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.

Designed for both iPhone and iPad, it will run on anything from the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 up, as well as the 5th generation iPod Touch. The game costs $6.99.

Gameloft Stories July 21, 2014

Contest winners turned pirates leak early copy of Modern Combat 5, and Gameloft’s furious

Earlier this week, Gameloft hosted a contest on their Facebook page rewarding winners with a free, early copy of Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The upcoming next installment of the popular first-person shooter is slated for release July 24th for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices. Unfortunately for Gameloft, however, you can already download it-for free. According to the company, one of the contest winners pirated the game made it available for download as a torrent. Unsurprisingly, Gameloft is livid. Gameloft Community Manager Florian Weber said in a statement on Facebook:

Gameloft Stories May 21, 2014

Italian authorities give Apple & others 20 days to submit defence to “unfair” in-app purchase claims

An Italian competition organization has given Apple, Google, Amazon and Gameloft twenty days to submit a defence to its investigation into in-app purchases or face a fine of up to €5M ($6.9M), reports ZDNet.

The companies now have 20 days to comply with the requests for information that came with the letter, and to respond with their defences to the allegations. If the alleged violations proved to be true, the three internet giants and the European game developer could each face a fine up to €5m — although the Italian watchdog told ZDNet that the punishment would be proportional to each company’s size.

The complaint is based on two concerns. First, whether consumers are clear about the likely total cost of the app at the time they download it. Second, whether sufficient information is provided about how to prevent or limit in-app purchases, especially in games played by children.

Apple settled a similar complaint with the FTC in January, after last year offering refunds to parents whose children had made in-app purchases. At that time, Tim Cook pointed to the safeguards in place, which include the ability to disable in-app purchases with a single switch, and requiring a password for any purchases made more than 15 minutes after downloading the app.

iOS also now alerts customers that further purchases can be made within 15 minutes without re-entering their iTunes password, and all iTunes apps that offer in-app purchases are labelled as such in the App Store.

Gameloft Stories June 19, 2013

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour ‘Meltdown’ update brings new maps, perks, weapons, & multiplayer modes

A huge update today is available for Gameloft’s popular Modern combat 4: Zero Hour app. The ‘Meltdown’ update brings three new maps, 7 new perks, and much more content to the latest in the Call of Duty-like series for iOS devices.

New maps in the update include a train station and city streets in Barcelona and a research facility in Antarctica, while new weapons on offer include the SFS CTK-12 sniper riffle and the 40mm Thor GLP Grenade Launcher Pistol.

Also included in the update is two new multiplayer modes including “Bomb Squad” where “Attackers must plant a bomb and make sure it goes off before the defenders can defuse it,” and “Destruction” where “Attackers must sabotage a series of devices while the defenders must stop them cold.”

What’s New in Version 1.1.0

Get ready to be blown away by the new Meltdown Update for Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour!

3 NEW MAPS √ Fracture: Barcelona Train Station √ Extraction: Antarctica Research Facility √ Backfire: Barcelona Streets

NEW “DEMOLITION” SPECIALIZATION WITH 7 NEW PERKS √ Ammo Pack: Carry 50% more ammunition √ Dedication: Dying from explosions doesn’t reset your streak √ Readied Shot: Crouch to boost accuracy √ One Last Thing: Drop a grenade whenever you die √ Gun Expert: Increase reload speed √ Sentry: Place sinister traps √ Paragon Destroyer: Trigger deadly explosions when shooting machinery

2 NEW WEAPONS √ SFS CTK-12 – Charbtek Special Forces Sniper Rifle √ 40mm Thor GLP – Grenade Launcher Pistol

2 NEW TEAM MULTIPLAYER MODES √ Bomb Squad: Attackers must plant a bomb and make sure it goes off before the defenders can defuse it √ Destruction: Attackers must sabotage a series of devices while the defenders must stop them cold

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS √ Edit your signature to display your clan prefix √ Random quick match: Play a ranked game in the first mode available √ Turkish language support √ Many balancing changes: Visit the website www.modern-combat.net for all the details

Gameloft Stories June 6, 2013

Tango launches SDK to become the social layer of apps and games

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Tango, a mobile messaging and video calling app, has announced that it will open its platform to third-party developers in order to expand the service. The company, which now serves over 120 million members worldwide, plans to partner with third party developers in order to integrate its newly crafted software development kit (SDK) into its apps.

Tango states that by allowing third party apps to take advantage of their unique messaging and calling service, it can better serve as a unifying social layer amongst games and other apps. The company hopes that by doing so it can better reflect users’ real-world connections with friends and family and create gaming experiences akin to participating in the cliched family board game night than blankly staring down at a smartphone.

According to Tango CEO Eric Setton, users have been playing a massive amount of games within the app every month. “But we found that we can’t do everything we want to inside the app, in terms of putting out the most compelling content out there and presenting it to our members,” Setton explains. Much as Tango’s actual service, the SDK allows the third-party apps to connect with its network, retrieve a list of friends, and then allow those users to message each other using text, picture, and video. The SDK also includes support for social leaderboards, which show how users’ scores compare with friends and allow for both competitive and collaborative in-game mechanics.

Game developers have given the SDK a warm reception so far says Setton, because of its potential for increased app discovery. Gameloft will soon be releasing an app in called “Candy Block Breaker for Tango” on iOS, and that will be then followed by “JetPack Jinx for Tango,” developed by Bubble Gum Interactive. Developers like Gameloft and Bubble Gum Interactive who utilize Tango’s SDK will split revenues amongst the participating companies.

While  initial partnerships with Tango were specifically focused on mobile gaming, Tango’s SDK will be open to developers looking to to add the functionality to another app genre.

Building and opening an SDK is a massive step for Tango in its steady transformation from a simple video calling app to a mobile social network. If executed correctly, Tango’s SDK may be able to push the company into a position that could rival existing networks like Skype and Fringe. Time will tell if Tango’s investment into third party apps is the key to its own success.

Developers interested in Tango’s service can apply for access to the Tango SDK from the company’s homepage.

Gameloft releases first trailer for upcoming Modern Combat 5 title [Video]

With each instalment of the popular FPS Modern Combat series on iOS and Android, Gameloft seems to be getting a little closer to matching the quality of gameplay we expect from the top of the line console games in the genre such as Call of Duty.  While it’s no secret the Modern Combat series has borrowed a lot from COD (as have many other FPS games), the latest trailer for the upcoming Modern Combat 5 title looks to be the closet thing to an immersive, action-packed COD-like shooter that we’ll have on mobile devices. Note: On top of the gameplay, the logo towards the end of the video (including the animations) is little too close to the Call of Duty Modern Warfare series for my liking. Gameloft has been accused several times of knocking off games from big developers in the console world, most notably with its Gangstar (aka GTA clone) and NOVA (aka HALO clone) series.

We don’t learn a whole lot from the trailer itself, but it does appear much of the action will be taking place in Venice, Italy this time around. Despite the shameless similarities to other big franchises, those excited for the upcoming Modern Combat 5 will seemingly have to wait until E3 to hear more about when and for how much it will be coming to iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Gameloft Stories April 25, 2013

Iron Man 3 – The Official Game now available on App Store ahead of upcoming movie

From 9to5Toys.com:

Ahead of the official May 3rd launch of the Iron Man 3 feature film, today Gameloft has released the iOS app tie-in taking place after the events of the movie. According to the game’s iTunes page, Iron Man 3 sees the player take up the role of peacekeeper playing as Tony Stark in an “additive, endless 3D runner”.

Iron Man 3 – The Official Game is available on the App Store now for free.

Included in the game is 3 different locations with “endless, self-generating levels”, 18 suits from the various Iron Man movies, and much more:

THE OFFICIAL GAME OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED SUPERHERO MOVIE OF 2013!

– Fight around the world against rising A.I.M. forces

– Discover 3 different locations offering endless, self-generating levels: Malibu Shores, New York City, and China 

– Confront 4 epic villains from the Iron Man comics: Crimson Dynamo, Ezekiel Stane, Living Laser, and the mighty M.O.D.O.K.

– Complete various missions in fast-paced flying battles, and in epic one-on-one confrontations

– Unleash Iron Man’s power with amazingly responsive swipe controls

– Enjoy an outstanding 3D world with cutting-edge graphics and animations

– Research and develop up to 18 suits from the different movies (Mark II, Mark 42, Silver Centurion, etc.)

– Upgrade your armors and powers in the research lab to wipe out your enemies

Gameloft Stories March 25, 2013

XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Firaxis is officially bringing critically acclaimed turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown to iOS. The company first made the announcement at a panel during PAX East over the weekend and since posted the video above showing off some early gameplay footage.

News: The people behind the Leap Motion controller have announced that it will now accept app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of its new Airspace app store. We previously brought you a hands-on with the product scheduled to officially launch in May.

More apps:

Karma- Reddit Client: Just released on the App Store, Karma is a new Reddit client for iPhone that brings a simplistic UI and everything you’ll need from one easy to navigate app.

StubHub version 4.2.1: Over 700 new interactive venue maps and more for the StubHub iOS app:

– 700+ interactive venue maps: Filter ticket listings by section – View from section for more events: See the view from your section before you buy – Fixes to address the app crashes reported by some users – Bug fixes

DataMan Next version 6.3: Data tracking app DataMan Next gets tethering support for some non-US carriers as well as support for VoiceOver.  expand full story

Gameloft Stories March 7, 2013

News:

The Croods: Previously announced, Rovio has today released the first official gameplay video for its upcoming iOS movie tie-in for DreamWorks’ upcoming ‘The Croods’ animated feature film hitting theatres March 22. Check out the full gameplay video above.

Updates:

Path version 3.0.1: Path is introducing some new features with an update to its iOS app today that brings a new Messaging features, handcrafted stickers, and a marketplace called “The Shop” where users can purchase “premium photo filters and handcrafted stickers.”

★ Messaging – The fast, fun, and private way to message your family and friends one-to-one or in small groups. Use your words, your voice, your location, media, stickers, and more! ★ Stickers – Say more in a single tap with handcrafted stickers from some of our favorite artists. ★ The Shop – The hand curated place to find premium photo filters and handcrafted stickers to make your Path experience more you. ✓ Performance improvements. ☂ Bug fixes.

Fantastical-screenshot-Fantastical version 1.1: Fantastical, the calendar app we recently reviewed and loved, is updated today with a number of new features including multiple alerts, time zone support, and much, much more. The app is also on sale for a limited time for $3.99 USD.

– Multiple alerts when creating events – Time zone support – Duplicate or move events (tap and hold an event in the event list) – Go to a specific date (tap and hold the red title bar) – Event list is now scrollable when using the calendar – Today’s timed events dim after the event has ended – Copied text containing event info can automatically be made into an event – Added setting to highlight weekends – Added setting to show empty days on the DayTicker – Added setting to display the number of today’s remaining events or date on the app icon badge – State restoration (iOS 6 only) – A staggering number of other improvements, parser enhancements, and bug fixes

Conan O’Brien Presents: Team Coco version 3.1: Conan’s iPhone app bringing content from his Team Coco site has been completely redesigned and now includes full episodes of Conan on demand as well as the two-screen syncing experience previously only available to iPad users.

Angry Birds version 3.1.0: On top of making the previously 99 cent original Angry Birds title Free today, the app (both iPad and iPhone versions) have been updated with brand new content. The updated app includes “15 fantastic new levels for the Bad Piggies episode!”

Asphalt 7: Heat version 1.0.8: New super cars and events get added to Gameloft’s popular Asphalt 7: Heat title: expand full story

Gameloft Stories October 15, 2012

On top of our usual list of apps and updates hitting the App Store today, we also get word from Tweetie/Twitter for Mac developer Atebits that it has version 1.0 of a new app currently in review. We don’t know yet what it is, but we’ll certainly keep you updated when it hits the App Store. Atebits made the announcement on its Twitter account:

[tweet https://twitter.com/atebits/status/257899233477271553]

Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour: Gameloft’s much anticipated Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour is coming to iOS with full iPhone 5 support this fall, and today we get another look at the Havok engine-powered title in the above dev diary.

iTunes Connect Mobile version 2.0.2: 

-Minor bug fix for push notifications. -Adds support for iPhone 5.

Netflix version 2.4.1:

– Added support for Swedish language. – Bug fixes and General performance improvements.

Skype version 4.1.1:

-Fix for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 calling and video issues

Circa News for iPhone: Launching today as a free app for iPhone and iPod touch, Circa News is an interesting news reader for Circa’s political coverage that presents articles as a “collection of details about a story: the facts, stats, quotes, pictures, maps, and more.”

eBay Fashion version 1.8.0: 

-Redesigned navigation to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! -The App now supports only iOS 5 and above -Bug fixes

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Gameloft Stories August 22, 2012

As always, we’ll update this list throughout the day with notable app news…

Wild Blood: Gameloft has officially released the first full length gameplay trailer for its upcoming ‘Wild Blood’ title. The third person action game, Gameloft’s first powered by Unreal Engine, will feature a single-player campaign, as well as co-op and arena modes. VentureBeat has first impressions from an iPad demo:

Though you’ll start out with just one giant sword, your arsenal increases as you earn experience points; in the demo (shown on an iPad 3), a leveled up Lancelot dual-wields a pair of magical axes and shoots enemies from afar with his bow… Combat leans toward a simple combo system that feels very responsive and smooth as Lancelot dodges and rolles his way through a large group (around a dozen or so) of demons. In a matter of seconds, these creatures became nothing more than a fine bloody mist.

AutoCad WS version 1.5.2: A nice update for Autodesk’s free AutoCAD WS iPad app brings support for the new iPad’s Retina display in addition to a number of bug fixes.

Adobe Photoshop Express version 2.5.1: Adobe’s free Photoshop Express iOS app gets updated today with a new variant of the Film Emulsion border and a fix for a white colour issue with Film Emulsion. Adobe also noted it “emphasized the free Effects and Borders with separate free categories.” expand full story

Gameloft Stories July 19, 2012

Apps & updates: Bolt!, PDF Expert for iPad, Vyclone, and more

We already had some app news today with the release of Gameloft’s official The Dark Knight Rises iOS game/movie tie-in, but the rest of the notable apps and updates hitting App Stores worldwide are below:

Bolt!: The free game, featuring the World’s Fastest Man and Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, was released by Rock Live a couple of days ago, but it is getting a ton of attention for its addictive gameplay. You might notice a few celebs playing this one (as you can see in the tweets above), and Mike Tyson is even accepting challenges. An iPad version is coming soon.

PDF Expert version 4.1: The iPad version of Readdle’s PDF Expert app was updated today to version 4.1 with a number of new features including:

– Faster PDF rendering

– AutoSync for Dropbox and other storages

– Support for Microsoft SkyDrive

– Recording audio notes into PDFs

– Ability to move opened notes

– Network connectivity fixes (FTP, SFTP, Dropbox)

Vyclone: Released as a free iPhone app on the App Store today, Vyclone takes video shots on several iPhones and stitches it together into the perfect video clip with multiple viewing angles. You can also take all the raw footage and make your own cuts.

Tango Video Calls: The Tango Video Calls app received a decent update today, including the ability to send and receive free text messages to Tango contacts, share videos in text conversations, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies: Activision’s Black Ops Zombies app received a huge update today brining the “dark and ice-covered isles of Siberia” as Call of Dead: Director’s Cut content. The updated also includes new V-R11 and Semtex mine weapons, new achievements, and a new perk called “Deadshot Daquiri”.

Gameloft’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ now available in the App Store, Arkham City Lockdown dropped to $1

Gameloft teased the release of The Dark Knight Rises iOS game last week with the second teaser trailer for the official movie tie-in above. Today, the universal iOS app is already available in the New Zealand App Store for $9.99, and it should hit the U.S. store for around $6.99 shortly. Also of note, although it is not a Gameloft developed Batman title, the popular Batman Arkham City Lockdown iOS game released by Warner Bros. is currently on sale for just 99 cents, down from the usual $6. It also recently received a huge update with Retina support.

PLAY AS THE DARK KNIGHT Access Batman’s complete arsenal and learn how to take full advantage of each tool. Use the Grapnel to cross the city or to defeat foes, throw the Batarang to knock out your enemies or to hit a distant button; the possibilities are infinite. When kicks and gadgets are of no use, The Dark Knight relies on his vehicles to get the job done. Drive the Bat-Pod for special vigilante missions or pilot The Bat for fast travel across the city.

EXPERIENCE GOTHAM AS YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE Explore the entire city of Gotham and its different districts spread across a huge map and enjoy stunning graphics for total immersion in the dark universe of Batman.

Gameloft Stories May 22, 2012

A few notable apps and updates landed in the App Store today including a significant update to the Hulu Plus iOS app, Retina optimizations for the Time Warner Cable app, and the official Men In Black 3 game from Gameloft. A full list of noteworthy app releases and updates from today is below:

Hulu Plus: The most significant app update today goes to the universal Hulu Plus iOS app. The new update brings a number of improvements, including: a “re-engineered, optimized video player”, support for the new iPad’s Retina display, and enhancements to AirPlay mirroring, and HDMI support. The update also includes a new UI for iPad and search options for new shows by genre.

Time Warner Cable TV: Much like just about every other iPad app update that takes advantage of the third-generation iPad’s Retina display, the TWC TV app for iPhone and iPad was updated today with optimizations for Retina displays—in addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Men in Black 3: Gameloft just released the official iOS tie-in for the new Men in Black 3 movie that appears to be a top-down strategy game of sorts. It is available as a free universal download for iPhone or iPad. It is already live in the New Zealand store and should hit the U.S. and elsewhere soon.

Fox Business for iPad: Financial news and videos from the Fox Business app get landscape mode, a new Data Wizard feature for tracking market activity, and news sub-sections to “drill down deeper into the news that matters to you.”

NBC Sports Talk for iPad: A decent update for the iOS app that brings the latest news and analysis from the NBC Sports network today adds support for Retina displays. It also includes the addition of CollegeBasketballTalk and ProSoccerTalk with other small UI tweaks.

NASA App for iPhone: NASA’s official iPhone app was updated with its biggest redesign since launching in 2009. The update includes a new interface, weather forecasts, a ton of new content and programs, and new features like the ability to favorite content and bookmark images.

CNN App for iPhone: CNN has a few iOS apps, but the latest update to its CNN App for iPhone turns it into one global consolidated app that offers CNNMoney and Opinion headlines, CNN blog stories, and the rest of the network into a single app including both U.S. and global news.

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Gameloft Stories May 9, 2012

Gameloft has done a pretty good job of promoting the latest title in its Halo-inspired sci-fi FPS franchise known as “N.O.V.A- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.” Yesterday, it launched a new trailer for the iOS game (above), and today the follow-up to the first two critically acclaimed games, N.O.V.A 3, is finally going live on the App Store.

With vastly improved visuals thanks to real-time dynamic lighting and shadows, “movie-like” depth of field effects, and improved ragdoll physics, the new game is even closer to console-quality graphics and one of best looking iOS titles we have seen since Unreal Engine-powered Infinity Blade. New features include 12-player multiplayer on six maps, enhanced vehicle gameplay, and a ton of new weapons and enemies.

The universal app is already live on the New Zealand App Store for $9.99 and should hit the U.S. store any minute now. We will keep you updated.

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Gameloft Stories March 16, 2011

Mobile games developer Gameloft is launching Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard for the iPhone tomorrow and to mark the occasion they’ve put together a pretty awesome interactive trailer that lets you play the embassy level by clicking on the hotspots to choose between several possible directions. It’s kinda cool, reminds me of those laserdisc games from the 80s, such as Dragon’s Lair, which has been ported to both the iPhone and iPad. Note that the above clip works on PCs and Macs, but those watching the trailer on their iDevice won’t be able to interact with it. The official site has more information about this promising looking release.

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