The First Full-Sized RPG Game for Android
HyperDevbox Japan is making gaming history again with the release of a new title, Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires. Spectral Souls: Resurrection is the first full-sized tactical role-playing game (RPG) for Google’s Android smartphone, and it is also the first 1-gigabyte PlayStation Portable (PSP) game to be ported on the Android. Using the latest HyperDevbox technology, Spectral Souls: Resurrection boasts these features:
– 1 GB of data for 100 hours of game play
– 84 characters
– high-resolution graphics
– 52 different high-quality sound tracks
Spectral Souls is the first game of its genre on the Android market, and in fact on the smartphone market, according to Carlo Perconti, CEO of HyperDevbox Japan. It’s an epic good-versus-evil fantasy with an intricate story but plenty of action, and spectacular music to boot. The focus of the tale is the Seven-Year War between humans and demons, taking place in Magic Age 1053 on Neverland, “a world apart from our own, home to strange and dangerous creatures.” It should appeal to all fans of fast-moving tactical RPGs, especially those who want to take their portable gaming experience to new levels.
“We are seeking to redefine Android gaming once again after our ExZeus Arcade,” declares Perconti. ExZeus, a fast-and-furious 3D action/shooter game, broke new ground for Android games by crashing through the 10MB Android app limitation and offering 3D sound support. Spectral Souls uses the same technology but takes it several steps further. “It’s a full PSP game with high-resolution graphics, right in your pocket,” Perconti says.
Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires is remarkable not only in that it is the first big game title to be developed exclusively for the Android, but that it is not a product of one of the big studios. Its universe and characters, now well known in the gaming community, were designed by a company called Idea Factory and ported and packed for the Android device by HyperDevbox.
Though not a huge studio, HyperDevbox is poised to be a major force in the advancement of the portable gaming industry. Currently there is an open war between the Android and the iPhone, with gaming being one of the battlegrounds. HyperDevbox is right in the thick of the battle. “After ExZeus Arcade we raised the bar even higher with Spectral Souls,” says Perconti. “With this release, we think we will finally put an end to the perception that Android games lag behind those for the iPhone.”
Perconti predicts that gaming on portable devices is going to be the greatest revolution in the industry. “We believe that sooner or later a phone and a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP will be merged into a single device,” he explains. “HyperDevbox is demonstrating now that we can achieve the same quality as Sony PSP on the Android phones, thanks to our technology.”
Perconti believes that as phones grow increasingly powerful and sophisticated, there will be a demand for higher quality – and higher-priced – games. While other developers are struggling to make headway in the lower end of the market, HyperDevbox Japan is focused on the higher end, believing that the Android gaming market in particular has a robust future. Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires is the first of a planned long series of premium titles from the company.
The English version of Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires is now available, and the Japanese version is scheduled for release in February 2011.
– To learn more about Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires, see the information on the HyperDevbox Web site: http://www.hyperdevbox.com/#/android/game-8/spectral-souls-android-27/
– Preview Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires on YouTube: You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_466050&v=OoUa-UT2EQE&feature=iv