Gameloft has announced that it is updating three of its popular multiplayer-focused games – Dungeon Hunter 4, Asphalt 7: Heat and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. The update to the games bring Google’s recently-launched game services to them, thus giving the games better support for leaderboards, achievements, cloud saves and multiplayer matchmaking, all of which will be handled by Google. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is the first of the games to get the updates and is available now on Google Play. Asphalt 7: Heat and Dungeon Hunter 4 will be getting the update in the coming weeks.
“Working closely with Google, we have leveraged these new tools to enhance the game experience for our millions of Android players,” says Baudouin Corman , Vice President of Publishing for the Americas. “The new Google Play game services give players more options to connect with their friends and share their gaming experiences. We're thrilled to be part of the launch.”
Modern Combat 4 is among the games getting the update
Cloud Saves essentially lets games store game save files to the cloud. This allows one to, say, play a game up to level 3 on their phone and then later continue it on their tablet by starting at level 4. This also stores your game save files in case you might uninstall the game and decide to reinstall it later.
Achievements follow the gaming trend of including achievements in games. Android games will get achievements to gauge progress through a game or, in some cases, even skill in a game. This allows you to show off beating a certain boss through an achievement.
Leaderboards save your score on global and local leaderboards. These leaderboards are based on Google+ and will show you the scoreboards either among your friends, or on a global scale. Google has announced that both Achievements and Leaderboards will be cross-platform.
Last is Multiplayer Matchmaking, which allows to set up synchronous multiplayer games easily using Google’s own servers. This is again based on Google+, where you can challenge any of your friends to multiplayer matches.
Other than the Gameloft games, the first few games that will have these capabilities include Super Stickman Golf 2, World of Goo, Beach Buggy Blitz, Kingdom Rush, Eternity Warriors 2 and Osmos.
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