Game developer Fish Labs showed off a spectacular game, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, during the BlackBerry 10 Jam keynote as a demonstration of how easy it is to port to PlayBook. It took them less than a day, and, in one case, only 3 lines of code to enable key features. This is an important testament to the ease of developing for the BlackBerry QNX environment that is the foundation of BB10, and RIM’s future.
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Fishlabs announces its award-winning sci-fi space shooter Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD for the BlackBerry Playbook
BlackBerry World 2012 / BlackBerry 10 Jam – Orlando, FL – – A leader in open-world mobile sci-fi gaming is coming to the BlackBerry® platform: At the BlackBerry World™ keynote today, Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD was demoed live on stage on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Fishlabs Entertainment plans to release its high-end flagship title for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World™ at the end of May.
“Thanks to the straight forward developer tools, the solid operating system and the premium quality hardware, it took us only one day to get a first version running on the BlackBerry PlayBook. It also took only three lines of code to implement the full audio features through the audio middleware fmod available on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS,” says Michael Schade, CEO of Fishlabs Entertainment. “We are extremely excited to be releasing our flagship title on the PlayBook at end of this month. With the tight integration of BlackBerry App World and its premium user base we would not be surprised that BlackBerry becomes our second most important platform in a very short time.”
With elaborate 3D assets for all space crafts, space stations and carefully painted space backgrounds in high definition as well as spectacular post-, explosion- and special effects, Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD will bring an amazing gaming experience to the BlackBerry gaming community as well. Since its debut in October 2011, the complete graphical overhaul of Fishlabs’ popular outer space adventure has been a great success on iOS with users all over the world giving it 5-star-ratings as well as writing glowing reviews for the outstanding visual quality and extraordinary gaming experience. The title has also been listed as an ambassador for AAA gaming on the new iPad on IGN, Pocketgamer, Toucharcade and other leading gaming sites.
About Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD:
In Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD, the gamer is able to explore a vast universe with more than 20 star systems, 100 different space stations and over 30 fully mountable space ships, as well as follow an exciting story line with full voice acting and take on an infinite number of diversified freelance missions. The title’s epic plot puts the gamer right in the middle of the hard-fought struggle for survival of the galaxy’s four major factions, namely the Terrans, Midorians, Nivelians and Vossk. Due to a malfunction of his ship’s hyperdrive, Keith T. Maxwell, the hero of the first instalment of the series, is catapulted through space and time. 35 years into the future, he awakens at the far end of the galaxy and quickly realizes that a lot has changed during his absence. An aggressive alien menace known as Voids is lurking on the edge of known space and using sophisticated wormhole technology to raid cargo ships and convoys of all four factions. The unstable peace between the factions is on the line and Keith is the only one who can save the universe from its impending descend into chaos.
Features of Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD:
• All 3D models rebuilt from scratch for console-quality visuals and a crystal-clear gaming experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook
• Assets, such as jump gates and asteroids, feature even more textures and up to four-times the original resolution
• Individual texture sets for all 30 spaceships including diffuse, normal, and specular maps in High Definition
• Enhanced background images and resolution on space environments and planets for a crystal-clear gaming experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook
• Additional OpenGL shaders and post effects as well as heavily revised explosion, engine flare and muzzle flash special effects