We are aware that there's a lot of interest in creating an AIR native extension (ANE) to handle cross platform game services (as our suggestion site indicates here). While we have made a start on this extension we just don't have the time to dedicate to developing this extension.
So we are asking you to help us. This project will allow us to dedicate the resources necessary to create an well polished AIR native extension to access the Apple Game Center and Google Play Game Services.
Game Services ANE
The game services ANE will give access to at least the following key functionality:
- user sign in / out
- save games
- finding people to initiate multiplayer games
- turn based multiplayer functionality
As with all our extensions we'll be continually updating them but this will set the basis for the initial release.
The goal is then to extend this extension to other platforms, such as Amazon GameCircle, and Yahoo Games Network, keeping a consistent API.
If we can fund more development than the initial target then we aim to use the additional funds to further develop the extension. We’d like to include many features such as Amazon services and real-time matches.
The following goals are based on the survey we conducted here. As we reach the funding levels below the feature will be added to the extension released from project:
$6,500 Real-time Google Play matches
- $7,500 Real-time Game Center matches
$8,500 Amazon GameCircle (core services)
If any further funding is received we'll conduct another survey to highlighting the goals below:
- Voice Chat
- Cloud based save data
We really want to make all the game services easily available to developers and we're really excited to bring you this extension so help us to make AIR great and reach some of these additional goals!
What is an AIR native extension?
We are a development studio based in Australia, and have been developing mobile applications for several years both natively and using AIR. Along the way we have developed many native extensions and have become very experienced in extending the AIR runtime.
You can see several of the extensions we have developed and that are available for sale on our site: http://distriqt.com/shop
We believe this makes us very capable of developing this extension and producing a high quality library.
Risks and challenges
Obviously our major challenge is being able to spend enough time developing and testing the extension. We've made a lot of extensions to date, and have a lot of experience with the process but with the amount of time required to develop a large extension like this and the small number of hours we have to work on new extensions each week the time frame has gotten out of hand.
This project will allow us to dedicate all important time to creating a quality product, along with well written documentation as we always pride ourselves on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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