Japan-based mobile gaming platform Gree is expanding its line to include games that will run on the web browser itself, which will free the company from fees and requirements from apps stores like Apple and Google.
Gree’s 200 million users worldwide will most likely welcome this news since they won’t have to download apps and can instead access the games directly in the browser. The platform will include games distributed in HTML5. This will also give Gree more freedom to control its own titles, as well as its developers’, including Capcom, Namco Bandai, Konami and Ubisoft. They will also be able to publish new games and updates at their own pace. Another added feature to this new platform are new payment schemes for global users, including credit cards and PayPal.
Aside from its own Gree-developed titles like the famous “Zombie Jombie”, they also carry hugely popular franchises like FIFA Soccer, Resident Evil, Metal Gear and Assassin’s Creed. Web-based apps have their limitations though, like the graphics cannot be as advanced and as fancy as the software ones, but Gree said their priority is for developers, especially the Japanese providers, to be able to access foreign markets.
They also want to be able to avoid all the charges and restrictions by app stores like the aforementioned Apple App Store and Google Play. They will be developing a browser as well, that will be optimized for the games that they will offer. They are targeting to get one billion users worldwide with this new offering.
[ via PC World ]