Bill Howard

About Bill Howard

Bill Howard is a group product manager and has been in the software industry for the last 25 years. Much of the time he has focused on mobile as an architect and engineering manager for Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. In that time, he was involved in the emergence of mobile portals, on device portals, mobile advertising, j2me application infrastructures, and other mobile client services. At Adobe, Bill is responsible for Adobe Gaming SDK, Flash Player and AIR. In his spare time, he plays with his kids and acts like a kid running his RC cars and reading comic books!

Independent game developer successfully ports Adobe AIR game from mobile and tablet to console

Mat Dickie, independent game developer known for his work in the wrestling niche, has taken his retro-style mobile and tablet game, Wrestling Revolution, to the console. Created using Adobe Game Developer Tools and downloaded more than one million times across Android and iOS, Wrestling Revolution offers players the biggest wrestling universe with more than 350 characters – and dozens of them in the ring at one time. Now available on the new OUYA console, Wresting Revolution can now be enjoyed by fans on their TV, the genre’s natural home.

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OUYA provides an open development experience so that, like Dickie, any creator can publish a game for a console to be played on TVs.

“I was excited about bringing the gamepad-controlled, multi-player experience to consoles. Wrestling games have a proud history on consoles from the NES and SNES to the N64 and PlayStation. But those doors can be hard to open for an independent developer like me,” he says. “Consoles are the genre’s natural home, so on OUYA I’m reaching new audiences that don’t typically play PC or mobile games. What I like most about it is that I have a stable platform for the first time in my career, and I know that players will have the same experience as me.”

In taking Wrestling Revolution to the OUYA platform, Dickie made sure that it wasn’t just a mobile port to the console. The game fully supports controllers of all kinds—right down to analogue sticks for precise movement. The multi-player modes are also exclusive to consoles. There’s an option to play in either “Versus” or “Co-Op” mode, which will involve up to four human players.

Wrestling Revolution is just one of the first Adobe AIR games on OUYA,” he says. “Some perceptive AIR developers had everything in place ahead of OUYA’s launch which helped me get going quickly.”

Wrestling Revolution climbed over 200 places in OUYA’s O-Rank in its first week of release and jumped into the top 50 games in its second week. The game is being downloaded hundreds of times per day with 10% of players opting to purchase the full game.

“The OUYA audience is obviously a lot smaller than on established systems, where over a million people are playing my mobile apps. However, the conversion rate is higher. The OUYA audience likes to invest in games and support their evolution,” says Dickie. “That ensures that my first game won’t be my last.”

Bringing Console‐Quality Multiplayer games to Web and Mobile Platforms

San Francisco‐based nWay is a developer and publisher of free‐to‐play online multiplayer games. Founded in 2011 by gaming and startup veterans Tony Harman, Taehoon Kim, and Dave Jones, the nWay team is comprised of leading developers and executives from the gaming industry that have collectively contributed to more than a dozen hit console and online games including: Killer Instinct, StarCraft, Diablo II, Dead Space 2, FIFA Online, Battlefield Online, Dante’s Inferno, Grand Theft Auto, Crackdown, and Lineage II.

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nWay’s new action‐packed Flash browser game, ChronoBlade, combines the explosive skillbased combat of a hack‐and‐slash brawler game with the open‐ended character progression of an RPG. Showcasing fully 3D‐rendered characters that can execute dozens of brutal combo moves, ChronoBlade lets players customize their characters by creating a variety of attacks and upgrading their equipment with various enchants to suit multiple types of playing styles. In keeping with today’s web and mobile platform consumption habits, play sessions were designed to last five‐to‐ten minutes so that players don’t need to set aside significant chunks of time to play.

“ChronoBlade is a free‐to‐play game and is hyper accessible as a Flash browser game,” said Alex Pan, marketing director, nWay. “With the heavy user adoption rate of Adobe Flash Player, we knew that our game would be available to a wider audience.”

To develop ChronoBlade, nWay developers wanted a solution that had high accessibility, modern 3D hardware rendering, web deployment, and a no‐client‐install solution. “We selected Adobe Game Developer Tools because of the cross‐platform development capabilities and hardware accelerated rendering. Adobe Scout also gave us great insight into our game client performance—helping us optimize our code and detect problems early,” said Dave Jones, cofounder, nWay. “Another game development must‐have for us was the need for console quality graphics and gameplay and Adobe Stage3D helped us achieve that.”

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ChronoBlade is in Single Player Open Beta now on the browser and multiplayer PvP and Co‐op is launching at the end of Summer. The iOS and Android versions are expected to be available later this year.

ChronoBlade links:

Game Webpage: http://www.chronoblade.com

Facebook App Page: http://www.facebook.com/chronoblade

Facebook App: http://apps.facebook.com/chronoblade

Mobile: Coming soon!

Adobe Gaming SDK Updated

We are pleased to announce the availability of Adobe Gaming SDK version 1.2, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. This latest update to the Adobe Gaming SDK enhances this essential collection of frameworks, code samples, and learning resources that work together to help game developers create and deliver ActionScript games across multiple Devices.

Some of the latest editions to version 1.2 include:

  • Away Builder Workflow Tool - Streamline and simplify the creation of 3D scenes with this open source visual workflow tool created for both designers and developers. Away Builder is a companion application for the Away3D framework. Import and stage 3D assets like models, materials, effects, and more.
  • Game controller input APIs - In addition to the OUYA game controller support, we’ve added Flash Player and AIR Gamepad support for desktop and XBOX 360 controller library for ActionScript developers.

Learn more about these new features as well as ActionScript concurrency (workers), LZMA SWF support, 4096×4096 and rectangle texture support plus more in the Flash Player 11.8 and AIR 3.8 release notes.

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Open Source Flash C++ Compiler, CrossBridge

We are excited to announce that the Flash C++ Compiler (FlasCC) has been contributed to open source as CrossBridge and will be delivered through GitHub.  FlasCC has become the standard technology to bring C/C++ content to the unparalleled reach of the web.  As CrossBridge, it will enjoy the speed of innovation and improvement that the open source community can bring.

FlasCC was previously delivered as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.  As CrossBridge, it is available to everyone and we invite you to join with us to improve it.  Adobe will continue to invest in CrossBridge, contributing to and managing the project.  CrossBridge has been released as 1.0.1, containing all the original source of FlasCC 1.0 plus several improvements to the product.  In addition, we have contributed all current, on-going development work of CrossBridge 1.1, which includes an upgrade to LLVM and the front end, Clang to enable advanced C++ syntax support.  We look forward to collaborating with the community to complete this exciting release.

To get started with CrossBridge, please visit adobe-flash.github.io/crossbridge and, to find out more about our Game Developer Tools and the Adobe Creative Cloud, visit gaming.adobe.com/getstarted.