Qualcomm today announced today the expansion of its 100+ games Snapdragon GamePack and launch of a new showcase application — Snapdragon GameCommand — further bolstering the supply of console-quality and casual games for mobile devices featuring Snapdragon processors.
The new gaming titles being introduced as part of the extended Snapdragon GamePack and the new Snapdragon GameCommand app are all expected to hit the Android Market in early 2012.
Additions to the Snapdragon GamePack include several new, exclusive gaming titles that will be available through the Android Market, and which will initially be designed to operate exclusively on Android-enabled devices powered by Snapdragon processors. These titles include a number of high-end PC games, such as: “The Ball” from Tripwire Interactive, which has earned several accolades including PC Gamer’s 2010 Action-Adventure Game of the Year, is built on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 and is debuting for the first time ever on mobile; “Fight Game Heroes” from Khaeon Gamestudio; “GALAGA Special Edition,” the 30th anniversary edition of the perennial arcade favorite from NAMCO BANDAI Games.
While the GamePack is an ever-growing collection of great games, the new Snapdragon GameCommand app provides mobile users a way to quickly find and learn about the latest Snapdragon featured and exclusive games, with the added bonus of being able to keep and access all their favorite games in a single place with one group icon. The Snapdragon GameCommand app also provides gamers with a source for the latest gaming news from some of the most popular gaming news sites.
“Qualcomm has received great user feedback since launching the Snapdragon GamePack, so we are expanding the quantity and quality of games while making them easier to locate through the launch of the Snapdragon GameCommand app,” says Raj Talluri, vice president of product management at Qualcomm. “With more than 60 percent of smartphone users regularly playing games on their mobile devices, the time is right to bring more console-quality and casual games to the Snapdragon platform. We are very excited to put our new Snapdragon GameCommand app and more great gaming titles in the hands of consumers in early 2012.”
The Snapdragon GamePack, launched in June 2011 at Qualcomm’s Uplinq mobile developer conference, originally featured more than 100 game titles from some of the industry’s top game development companies, including Advanced Mobile Applications Ltd., Babaroga LLC, Booyah Inc., Com2us USA Inc., Digital Chocolate Inc., Electronic Arts Inc., Eyelead Software S.A., FISHLABS Entertainment GmbH, Glu Mobile Inc., Guild Software Inc., Gameloft Inc., Khaeon Games BV, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., NaturalMotion Games Ltd., Polarbit AB, PopCap Games Inc., HandyGames, Southend Interactive, and Tripwire Interactive LLC. Qualcomm worked closely with them to utilize the advanced graphics capability of the embedded Adreno GPUs in Snapdragon mobile processors and bring a better gaming experience to mobile users.
“We waited to enter the mobile market until we could bring a top-of-the-line PC game experience to mobile devices,” said Alan Wilson, vice president of Tripwire Interactive. “Snapdragon processors now give us the power to do that.”
“We are looking forward to the launch of the Snapdragon GameCommand app, which will bring our Snapdragon-optimized games directly to consumers and help to eliminate the search process,” said Didier Pippel of Khaeon Gamestudio. “Android has emerged as a prominent medium for gaming, and we are excited to work with Qualcomm to give gamers the mobile experience they deserve.”
“We have been able to maximize the advanced Adreno graphics in our premium 3D games like ‘PAC-MAN Kart Rally,’” said Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “Our developers and producers are enthusiastically working with Qualcomm’s gaming team to continue to expand the Snapdragon GamePack by bringing some of the industry’s top franchises to the new platform.”