Fruit Ninja Will Get A Sequel

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Halfbrick is one of the biggest success stories coming out of the Australian development scene. They hit success with Fruit Ninja on iOS. It is a game where you slice fruit for a high score. The game has expanded to various platforms since release but it has been revealed that their new Sydney studio, which is yet to open, will be developing a sequel to be released in 2012 for iOS devices, although expansion to other platforms is not out of the question. The New South Wales government has injected AU$3 million into the new studio.

Deputy Premier of New South Wales Andrew Stoner revealed the sequel. Odd that a deputy premier would be the one to reveal the game’s development:

“The new Sydney team will develop the next evolution of the Fruit Ninja games franchise. It will involve players launching a series of fruit to knock ninjas off their towers in a 3D world, with each fruit having special powers.”

This looks like part of a plan to expand digital media development in New South Wales. This is what Stoner had to say about the wider plan:

“The digital games sector will be increasingly important in developing serious business and education tools, as well as entertainment games like the latest Fruit Ninja project.”

Now, where was the government when Sydney studios were going under? Why Halfbrick? Yes, they are talented developers, no doubt about that. But is the iOS platform actually a viable long term investment? In my own opinion and you can disagree with me, I believe it won’t be. I look at the smartphone situation as a bubble market. If you have a hit, that hit could only be a hit for a week or even a couple of days. Developers are treading on water when they rely on the smartphone and digital markets.

Josh is the name, writing is my game... well my degree will say that. But, when uni gets me down (and it does), there is no better way that to grab a chair, sit back and slicing up some Darkspawn I started my gaming interest back in the good old 16 bit era with the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I was roughly five years old. To this day I still try to fire up the dusty companion and speed through the wacky and bright levels, jumping on some Badniks, collecting those damn Chaos Emeralds. Then I moved onto Sony's disk based console the Playstation (thanks to my uncle). Since then I have picked up each of Sony's consoles from the 5th to current generation that has been released in Australia (with more to come). In terms of writing about games, I am quite new to the field. I started out late last year with my own blog before deciding to move to greener pastures. I have written a few reviews for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable. Features as well. I hope I can flex my muscles while writing with Capsule Computers. If I'm not gaming, however, I'm writing narratives. I am currently trying to kickstart a high fantasy novel (which, hopefully, turns into a complex RPG) that I want done in five years or so. My passion of writing has been there for a long time and has flourished as I grew. I'm into the fantasy genre, both games and novels, and thoroughly enjoy a deep and complex RPG, whether it comes from the East or West. Oh and anime is awesome!

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