In reduction than a decade, Future Games of London has grown to turn one of a many successful mobile games developers in a world. As good as releasing a likes of Pool Bar and Litle Raiders, a Exmouth Market-based studio has found tellurian success with a Hungry Shark series.
The diversion is of a “easy to learn, formidable to master” mold – players drag a shark by underwater locations with a touch, gobbling adult sea life (and a occasional human) in query to sojourn well-fed. Certain fish need some-more absolute sharks to eat, while assertive opposition predators spasmodic attack. All a while, a diversion serves adult missions and hurdles to finish while stuffing your shark’s belly.
After rising in 2007 with shorter, episodic bites of Hungry Shark, a studios’ Hungry Shark: Evolution, expelled usually over 3 years ago, has proven a strike in English-language territories and Asia. In China, a diversion has racked adult 46m downloads to date – a not-insignificant 3.4 per cent of a country’s 1.357bn clever race – and won Player’s Choice awards in a Middle Kingdom. Now, FGOL has usually launched a latest title, Hungry Sharks World, and is anticipating to vanquish a prior records.
The new game boasts mixed maps to play in, themed around Dubai, a Arctic, and a Pacific Island resort; some-more sharks, including a massively absolute Megalodon to unlock; customisable outfits (yes, really) and some-more amicable features, permitting players to share their couture sharks. There will also be live events portion adult a platter of uninformed events daily, and all advantages from a 2016 visible makeover of charming charcterised characters and settings.
For Future Games of London, a launch is a biggest in a company’s history, reflecting a dual years it’s spent in development. “We’re looking brazen to a large launch with it – we had a outrageous volume of pre-registrations,” handling executive Ian Harper tells WIRED.
Harper also says that a flourishing growth times of mobile gaming is demonstrative of a maturation of a industry, and demonstrative of augmenting quality. He says, “the marketplace seems to have turn reduction vehement over a past integrate of years in terms of changes in a chart, though that’s also [because] games are now durability most longer, and a pointer that bigger and improved [mobile] products are being built. It’s going to be really sparkling to see what people will be means to build in future.”
“I consider it’s a doubt of a bigger a assembly is, a some-more bid we have to put in to keep that, widespread it, and grow it,” Harper adds. “If we wish to be during a slicing corner of 3D graphics, we need to deposit some-more than before, though that’s not a whole market, it’s not where [everyone] needs to be. You can positively have most reduce cost productions that have equal possibility in a market. There are so many people creation games and putting them out there, they can’t all be spending outrageous amounts of money.”
After being bought by Ubisoft in 2013 and expanding to a stream distance of 55 staff – it started with usually 7 – FGOL has a sights set on conquering another margin altogether – animation. The initial brief arrived in Jul 2015, and a studio has skeleton for many more, with a aspiration of scaling adult for longer episodes or specials.
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“We’re usually building a thought during a moment,” says Harper. “If we know a story of [Ubisoft's Rayman spinoff] Rabbids, they pennyless out from games with some illusory viral videos behind in a early days of a internet, and they’ve now left for their fourth full array on Nickelodeon. We’d adore to be means to do something like that – we’ll see how distant we can get it. At a minute, a plea now is to make sharks funny, and standalone in a TV format. If we can get that right, maybe we can take it another step.”
At present, there are a contingent of Hungry Sharks Shorts available, adding a cut of impression to FGOL’s insatiable cast. As to either Angry Birds‘ trail from mobile diversion materialisation to underline film is a trail a studio would like to follow, Harper says usually that “we would adore there to be a Hungry Sharks film one day.”
Hungry Sharks World is accessible to download on Android and iOS now.
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