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 for all the details

Gameloft Stories June 6, 2013

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


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.

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