, will soon launch on all the major video-game consoles. That
includes next-gen devices like the Xbox One, which weighs in at a
hefty eight pounds. But here's the key twist:
is also coming to
's ultralight, 1-pound iPad Air and a number of other
Source: Activision Blizzard
The full game experience
We're not talking about a scaled down port of the game, or a
special version that has different missions and disappointing
graphics. Instead, the
tablet game will mimic the console experience "pixel for pixel,"
developer Toys for Bob told IGN. It even comes with a
controller and a base that both connect to your tablet via
Bluetooth. But it can also be played in touchscreen mode without
any hardware accessories. Mobile gamers won't have to wait until
months after the console versions come out, either.
will be available for tablets on Oct. 5, the same day that the
title launches on those other gaming devices.
This isn't Activision's first jump into mobile gaming, but it
is the biggest. The publisher released its free-to-play
, on the iPad back in April. That move already looks like a
success, adding millions of players for a title that had
attracted 10 million gamers on the PC version. The company plans
on iPhones along with Android tablets and phones soon. With that
mobile momentum behind it, Activision is just taking things a
huge step further by releasing a AAA title directly onto
Source: Activision Blizzard
isn't exactly pushing boundaries in the graphics department. A
colorful platformer, it's nothing like the games you imagine when
you're thinking next gen, such as
, with its massive multiplayer component.
is a powerhouse video game franchise in its own right, having
accumulated over $2 billion in toy and game sales since launching
in 2011. Activision wouldn't be tinkering with one of its
tentpole franchises unless it saw a major opportunity in that
Even though tablet sales have slowed down lately, we can
expect the devices to close the gap with consoles and PCs over
the next few years, eventually to the point where many
more important games head to mobile devices at the same time that
they're introduced on traditional gaming hardware. In fact, that
gap is already shrinking. As Apple points out with respect to its
latest iPad Air model, its A7 processor boasts the capability to
"enable detailed graphics and visual effects once possible only
on desktop computer and game consoles."
Those capabilities, allowing tablets to compete in the same
league with game consoles, is now being put to use by the world's
biggest game publisher, with one of its key franchises. That's a
big deal. And it likely means that
Skylanders: Trap Team
won't be the last major game that targets these increasingly
powerful gaming devices.
Profit from this cable shift
The video game business is on the upswing. But cable? Not so
much. You know cable's going away. But do you know how to
profit? There's $2.2 trillion out there to be had.
Currently, cable grabs a big piece of it. That won't last. And
when cable falters, three companies are poised to benefit.
for their names. Hint: They're not Netflix, Google, and
This Move By Activision Shows Why the Future of
Gaming is Mobile
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