In the mobile game industry, few names resonate in the same way as Gameloft. The company has been around since the very beginning of mobile gaming having developed some of the most important titles to date, including the currently available Dungeon Hunter 5, Modern Combat 5 and Sniper Fury. But while these games will continue to be available, Gameloft will no longer provide support for them on Windows Phone.
It’s Microsoft’s fault
According to Gameloft representatives, the blame lies solely with Microsoft and its announcement of not supporting the Windows Phone platform anymore. With that in mind, there’s really no reason or possibility for Gameloft to continue activities on the platform either.
Here is what Gameloft had to say about the matter, through one of their community managers for the Gameloft forum:
For Windows Phone users: Microsoft announced recently that they are discontinuing development of this platform. For that reason, we will not be able to keep creating updates for DH5 for Windows Phones, and we are giving Windows Phones users the possibility to switch to an iOS/Android/PC device. This action is irreversible, so please be sure of your choice.
Transferring to another platform
Caught in the middle, consumers suffer most when things like this happen. Gameloft understands this and is extending a helping hand by offering players help with switching over to a new platform.
While there might have been people that stood by their Windows Phone in the past, this might be the final straw for them. There will most likely be a mass of users who will migrate from Windows Phone to another platform like Android. For example, Dungeon Hunter players will be able to transfer their data over to Android, and Gameloft will assist them with this process. Those who enjoy Sniper Fury and Modern Combat 5 will have the opportunity to switch over to PC, also assisted by Gameloft.
As the community manager mentioned, it’s important players are sure when they make the decision of switching over as the action is irreversible.
A natural reaction
Given the fact that support for the platform was officially dropped by Microsoft, it’s no wonder developers are starting to bail as well.
Remember that the platform has always been a troubled one, never once reaching the status of Android or iOS. Throughout its constant struggle, a termination of support was all but obvious and just a matter of when. The news has made the decision of leaving Windows Phone behind a lot easier for consumers and developers alike.
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