GameSpy's middleware aimed to help big and small developers alike with cross-platform and multiplayer integration into games using quick and easy tools, has joined SCEI as an official middleware supporter, meaning devs can implement multiplayer functions into PS Vita games with frightening ease starting this April.
Drew Curby, Senior Director, Sales & Marketing, GameSpy Technology commented in the press release, saying...
“GameSpy Technology is committed to giving game developers the tools they need to bring their games to multiple platforms with providing players with same high quality online experience,” ... “Mortal Kombat Vita is a perfect example of how we can work with a talented developer to bring their game from one platform to the next.”
NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat for the PS Vita will be the first mobile game on Sony's new platform to make use of the GameSpy API, and hopefully will start a trend to make it both easier and more convenient for developers to implement multiplayer functionality into PS Vita games.
The GameSpy API SDK from IGN was originally introduced last year around this exact same time in February, enabling game developers to make use of the free SDK for both multiplayer functionality and cross-platform gameplay. When talking about giving back to the community, I think the API is a perfect way for IGN to contribute to the larger scope of the video game industry, given how much easier it will be for developers to cut down on network solutions and multiplayer implementation. Kudos that the service is really catching steam and picking up support.
As stated in the press release...
The services use the familiar GameSpy application programming interfaces (APIs) that are already available on the PC, PlayStation 3, iOS and Android devices. This consistency reduces the cost of developing for multiple platforms and significantly ease and speed development. GameSpy Technology will also allow future PS Vita games to feature cross-platform multiplayer, datatracking and cloud services, taking portable gaming to a new level of online connectivity.
Expect more games releasing by the end of this year to make further use of the GameSpy API for the PS Vita after the service becomes widely available to developers this April. To learn more feel free to visit the Official GameSpy API Website.