Are Decade Old Ports The Best We Can Hope For On iOS?

Recent high profile game releases have been ports of games from at least ten years ago. Don’t get me wrong, these are some great games, but shouldn’t we expect more on iOS? Whether it’s Max Payne Mobile, Marvel vs Capcom 2, the Final Fantasy games, GTA III, and so many more. It seems the bigger the game developer, the less they think of iOS. These games have withstood the test of time, but so much has been done since these games were released to really make them feel archaic.

The games seem to appeal more to nostalgia than anything else, and those who are unfamiliar with the originals will see very blocky and generation old graphics. It’s quite sad, especially since these big companies have such great titles in their catalogs, but seem to think iOS isn’t capable or worthy. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is nice to see, but Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was just released on the PS Vita, and the A5 chip of the latest iOS devices is about on par with the Vita CPU and GPU. Max Payne 3 is almost out, and iOS can only get the original?

The ultimate limiting factor seems to be the price point rather than the processing power. These ports are launching at $2.99, and it simply isn’t feasible to launch newer titles at that price range. The big companies like Rockstar Games, Capcom, Ubisoft, and Activision are putting iOS on the backburner despite it being the hottest thing in mobile. EA is a little different as they’ll provide some new titles like Dead Space, Burnout Crash, and NBA Jam in very well done touch games, and then provide plenty of stinkers too. The big companies will likely take over the App Store with various acquisitions, and hopefully we’ll be able to see more than just the decade old ports and various freemium building games when that happens.

Luckily, we still have plenty of independent developers in the mean time making games like Incoboto, Swordigo, Waking Mars, Pizza vs. Skeletons, MacGuffin’s Curse, Paper Monsters, and so many more that range from complex to casual. iOS gaming has become a bit stagnant lately, and hopefully gaming can finally mature to the levels of other platforms since gaming is the most popular category in the App Store, and iOS gaming is the most popular mobile gaming platform.


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