News by Numbers - May 15th, 2017

By Nick Vigdahl 15 May 2017 4

Welcome to this week's edition of News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each and every week.

Mini Metro: 3 new maps

Mini Metro keeps getting new content. Back in February endless mode arrived, and last week three new maps were added for Washington, D.C., Istanbul, and Mumbai. The Hong Kong map also had a new South Island Line added as well. You gotta love it when devs keep supporting a premium game. Check out my review here for more and go get the game if you don't have it yet. 

Osmos:  3 years, 10 months

Slowly but surely many of the App Store's classics are getting updated to survive the 64-bit purge. One such classic, and one of my all-time favorites Osmos, finally got updated. They've modernized the game beyond just supporting 64-bit as well. Osmos added background matchmaking so you can play single-player games while looking for a multiplayer match, in-game video recording and broadcasting to Mobcrush or Periscope, and the ability to play multiplayer over 3G/LTE.

App Store: 7% affiliate commission rate

Remember how Apple was set to reduce affiliate-commission rates from 7% to 2.5% on all app and in-app purchases? Well, it never happened. Mac Gamer noted and investigated this and discovered from Apple Support that the decrease was meant for in-app purchases only. They must've reversed their position because Apple's announcement clearly stated "all apps and in-app content" was to be reduced. Either way, this is good news for sites, streamers, and anybody else covering iOS apps.

Prison Architect: 8 platforms

Paradox Interactive hosted a convention in Sweden and, among other things, mentioned the impending release of Prison Architect. Apparently it's coming spring 2017, which means in the next month or so. It'll launch on both iOS and Android, bringing the total platforms to eight since the game launched in October 2015. We'll have a full write-up, with commentary from Introversion's Mark Morris, later in the week.

Lineage II Revolution: 100 years later

I'll never forgive NCSoft for killing City of Heroes, but it is within the realm of possibility I will give them more money. The South Korean gaming company has released Lineage 2 Revolution—a mobile MMO—on its home turf and the game is doing well.  It's a direct sequel to the PC MMO Lineage 2, released way back in 2003, and is set in the same world 100 years later. According to the developer's site the worldwide launch is coming, though a specific date is not provided. It looks pretty cool and I'm very curious to see how a proper mobile MMO performs.

MTG Puzzle Quest: 155 new cards

Version 2.1 of MTG Puzzle Quest is coming this week and with it, the Amonkhet expansion set. The update will include 155 cards from the new set featuring Embalm, Exert, and Cycling cards (mmmm…Cycling). Amonkhet has an ancient-Egypt theme and introduces a new group of gods—getting closer and closer to my Gods tribal deck—which will also make their way to the Puzzle Quest game. You can take on the Gods of Amonkhet in the Trial of Zeal, a cooperative challenge. Check out more on the update here.

Predynastic Egypt: 5000 BC

One of the many games languishing on my Steam wish list is Predynastic Egypt, a turn-based strategy with a strong historical simulation component. Set in 5000 BC you lead a small tribe from its nomadic beginnings through the ages to, hopefully, the unification of lower and upper Egypt. Historical simulation strategy game will always get my attention but I'm usually slow to pull the trigger on PC-only games. According to Toucharcade, however, this one is coming to mobile this month which moves it right up the list. You can bet it shows up in an upcoming Out Now with my initial impressions.

That's all for this week's update. Got any thoughts or comments? Let us know! If you want to see your news featured in a future update, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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