Star Wars: Galactic Defense Interview

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Star Wars™: Galactic Defense (SWGD) is the first free mobile game that allows players to strategically coordinate tower defenses in iconic locations across the Star Wars ™ universe while taking control of their favorite characters from the movies in battle. In anticipation of the worldwide release we sat down with Executive Producer Kevin O’Neil to get an insider’s perspective on what to expect from this upcoming release and uncover the inspiration behind the mobile game.

DeNA: Could you tell us a little bit about what makes Star Wars: Galactic Defense special and different from other tower defense games out there?

Kevin: In Star Wars: Galactic Defense, players will defend against waves of enemy attacks while deploying iconic champions on legendary planets that span both the prequel and classic eras. Star Wars: Galactic Defense allows players to experience the Star Wars universe with all their favorite characters from the entire timeline all at once! Personally, I have always wanted to see Luke Skywalker and Darth Maul battle, and you get that opportunity in this game. We believe this will be a Star Wars fan’s dream come true.

DeNA: What can players expect in terms of gameplay features?

Kevin: Star Wars: Galactic Defense will immerse players in the Star Wars universe with the option to play either the light or the dark side through an evolving gameplay experience in the single player campaign or by connecting with friends. Some of most innovative Star Wars: Galactic Defense features are the ability to control up to three iconic Star Wars champions simultaneously during a single match and the advanced social features that allow you to connect with friends while competing in live events for a spot at the top of the leaderboard where rare and powerful upgrades can be earned.

DeNA: Where did the concept for Star Wars: Galactic Defense come from?

Kevin: The idea behind the concept of the game came from the desire to join a beloved brand to one of mobile gaming’s most popular genres, tower defense. Using immersive and strategic game design we were able to create a great mobile gaming experience for both tower defense and Star Wars fans alike. Our development was focused on “delight”, a core DeNA game development philosophy in which we always strive to exceed our customers’ expectations. We always keep this top of mind when designing games.

DeNA: The characters and art style are incredibly unique. What was the process like in creating these amazing visuals?

Kevin: We knew that honoring the Star Wars universe in a true to heart manner was imperative. Everyone knows and loves Star Wars. We didn’t want to mess that up. The challenge for us was to give a Star Wars: Galactic Defense its own unique look that was both modern and classic at the same time, but still featured its own identity. We are really pleased with the how the game looks, and I hope players are as delighted with the art style as we were with creating it.

DeNA: This game looks awesome! Now what? How can I be sure to know when it’s available for download?

Kevin: You can pre-register and be notified when Star Wars: Galactic Defense is available to download for free and earn rare and powerful items including Darth Maul during launch by visiting www.starwarsgalacticdefense.com.

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STAR WARS © & ™ 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

Q&A with Lucy Abe, artist for Super Battle Tactics

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concept art by Robert Soo

Does your heart pound when it is time to upgrade your tank in Super Battle Tactics? Does building new tanks grind your gears, in a good way?

We spoke with Lucy Abe, an artist for Super Battle Tactics about her experience designing some of the rarest machines in the game, her all time favorite tanks, and what inspires her.  Be sure to also check out the featured concept art from Robert Soo. 

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Q: What’s your background, and how did you arrive at DeNA Studios Canada?

A: I came from Brazil, have a bachelor’s degree in Design and worked with Web Design. My dream was developing games, so I came to Vancouver to study and work, and that’s how I arrived at DeNA.

Q: What is the most exciting aspect about your job?

A: The most exciting aspect of my job is getting stuff done! Getting the “That’s so awesome!” response especially in the first attempt(s) feels great. Being in a small team also means having plenty of different responsibilities so my days are never the same tasks.

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Q: Are you an avid gamer? Besides Super Battle Tactics of course, what are some of your favorite games and why?

A: I play League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Rune Factory/Harvest Moon, Monster Hunter. When I play with friends I like to play co-op with them, and on my own I enjoy patiently building empires. 


Q: What were your main responsibilities for Super Battle Tactics?

A: I designed most of the Tanks and was responsible for implementing them in Unity. I also made icons, banners and some interface work.

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Q: Which was a bigger influence for the mean machines of Super Battle Tactics: real-world combat tanks, or your wild imagination?


A: Understanding some real-life tank design decisions help create tanks that are believable for the players. 

For example, rivets were used to assemble tanks when they were invented around World War I, but because they would ricochet inside the tank during combat (ouch) they had to find different means of manufacture. The presence of rivets in a Tank give it a WWI (read: somewhat aged) feel to them that can be used to communicate the rarity of a Tank.

On the other hand, the tanks in our game are also “actors” in a TV Show so they can afford to have lots of completely cosmetic and impractical details, so there’s a lot done in the name of COOL. Some games are also very influential, like Advance Wars, Starcraft, Warhammer 40k and Metal Slug.


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Q: The designs for some of the rare and super rare tanks boldly stand apart from the more common rides, like the impressively scary “Fortress” and the colorful “Starburst.” Did you have a strategy in mind to give these exotic tanks such unique forms?

A: Turn it up to eleven. The only restriction is the size of the details, what with it being a mobile game. The most important part is getting a interesting and memorable silhouette and then making it look beautiful with all those guns.


Q: Are there plans to incorporate more unique characters like Frank and Pepper into the game?

A: Yes! We want to make the game more interesting in all aspects! 


Q: Out of the dozens and dozens of carnage mechs that you’ve designed for Super Battle Tactics, you’ve got to have a few personal favorites, right?

A: My favorites are definitely The Kraken, Rage Quit, The Stinger and Boxer!

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Princess Polly’s Treasure 100,000 MOBACOIN Giveaway

Princess Polly plundered a treasure chest filled with MOBACOIN, but it’s just too heavy for her to run off with… We are in search of a few good gamers to take some MOBACOIN off Polly’s hands so she can set sail? You can enter on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to snag some of Polly’s loot.

To enter on Facebook:

1. LIKE the Mobage Facebook page

2. COMMENT on the Princess Polly’s Treasure post with your gamername

3. Then SHARE the post so that your friends can enter to win too!

To Enter on Twitter: 

1. Follow @Mobage on Twitter

2. Retweet the Princess Polly’s Treasure tweet

  • 1 lucky gamer will win 25,000 MOBACOIN!
  • 5 lucky gamers will win 5,000 MOBACOIN each!
  • 50 lucky gamers will win 1,000 MOBACOIN each!

56 players who enter will win a piece of the 100,000 MOBACOIN treasure, so enter now for your chance to bring home the booty!

Get Ahead of the Game on Facebook

Let’s face it: summer is full of swimming pools, bathing suits, and ice-cream; and we love those things, but nothing warms our bones like exclusive events, pocketing credentials early, and conquering kingdoms. 

Choose your own adventure with these mobile games. Get ahead of the game: like the Facebook page to be the first to know about new events, offers and updates.

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Super Battle Tactics

Tanks, choppers and guns, oh yea!

Do you have what it takes to battle in the arena? To go head to head against dynamic machines built for destruction? It’s a battle of brains and brawn, who will win?

This player vs player game will feed the fearsome general in you, but first make sure you join Super Battle Tactics on Facebook for pro-tips, fun, and secrets that will make your opponent tremble at the site of your tread. 

Download Super Battle Tactics: http://moba.ge/SuperBattleTactics

Like Super Battle Tactics on Facebook:

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Godus

As acting deity of your own civilization, you call the shots. The wrath of Zeus was great, but yours is more omnipotent. Aries could do some impressive things with fire, but in Godus, you can cultivate entire civilizations as they grow from discovering fire to exploring the cosmos, and you do it all with one finger. How will you direct the fate of your people? 

Join Godus on Facebook for behind the scenes content from Godus’ creators, snapshots of future levels, and more! 

Download Godus: http://moba.ge/PlayGodus

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World of Thingies

Do you have the creativity and puzzle-solving prowess to score higher than your friends in a race to collect powerful creatures and defeat world-class foes? In this real-time multiplayer puzzle action game, you better.

Though, we’ll be the first to admit, nobody minds a little bit of an edge! You may even Defeat Bossy Badsacks and his minions. You can find tips in the new WOT Forum and on Facebook! By liking the World of Thingies Facebook page, you’ll be the first to hear about new tools, tips, and more!

Download World of Thingies: http://moba.ge/WorldOfThingies 

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Blood Brothers

When life makes you a vampire for all eternity, you may as well create a blood-pact and battle an empire. You can do exactly that in this choose your own adventure game. First make the decision whether you’ll be a knight, samurai, high elf, dark elf, ape, lizardman, dwarf, or goblin. Then? Conquer.

And before all that, like Blood Brothers on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out on secret items and time sensitive events that will help you uncover more skills, more power and killer battles! 

Download Blood Brothers: http://moba.ge/DownloadBloodBrothers

Like Blood Brothers on Facebook: 

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Defender of Texel

With over 3 million players and counting, this high-fantasy 8-bit adventure game transports players to a world that has no concept of death or war – and is being torn apart by sinister robotic invaders. Your mission is to save the three tribes of Texel and open the portal back to your more peaceful reality, and you won’t do this without a fight. 

Not saying you need some help but if you want it, like Defender of Texel on Facebook to hear about PVP missions that challenge you to think outside of normal mode, and to win exclusive prizes.  

Download Defender of Texel: http://moba.ge/DefenderOfTexel

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HellFire

More than long walks on the beach, do you enjoy destroying dimensional rifts and sealing out the forces of HellFire? If you don’t yet, you should start today. 

Join this massive multiplayer world – with over 600 chapters – and inflict tremendous damage against the evil creatures that have unlocked the gate that separates their world from ours. There is a catch though: you can only win with the help of dragons, deadly beasts, and other mythic creatures.

Make sure to like HellFire on Facebook to stay updated on competitions, leaderboards, and special offers – new weapons, skills, and more!

Download HellFire: http://moba.ge/GetHellFire

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Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary

If you’re less interested in conquering hellish creatures, and your heart beats faster at the idea of collecting gorgeous butterflies in stunning environments, then put your headphones on and explore Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in a world of light and growth, as you learn real facts about your beautiful creatures. Get there faster by liking Flutter on Facebook to gain access to special announcements, Flutterbucks, and immediate updates on the newest butterflies to collect.

Download Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary: http://moba.ge/DownloadFlutter

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Monster Match

In Monster Match, you build a team of monsters through strategic puzzle-battles! Match the elemental gems to capture over 300 monsters. Unlock the seven Prismal Island worlds, and stay up-to-date on Global Events / competitions by liking Monster Match on Facebook! Be one of the first to know about time sensitive sales, new events and breaking news. 

Download Monster Match: http://moba.ge/MonsterMatch

Like Monster Match on Facebook: 

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Mobage

It’s not every day that you can save worlds, collect creatures, and complete missions…

Oh wait. You can. Mobage now serves these dynamic games to over 35 million people! Don’t forget to like Mobage on Facebook, and you’ll get access to Mobacoin giveaways, new game announcements, and content relevant to all your games. 

Best in Class 2014: Win MOBACOIN

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Woo-Hoo! School’s out for summer and before we clean out our lockers and hit the waterpark, we couldn’t let the year run out without celebrating the new friends, nasty baddies and epic heroes that left their mark on the Mobage universe. Help us to select the most deserving characters from our endless roster of favorites for Best In Class 2014, and not only will you help us to pick the greatest of the bunch, but you’ll be entered to win a cool 1000 MOBACOIN too!

Show your support by leaving a comment on the Facebook post above with your gamername and your character of choice and you’ll be entered to win 1000 MOBACOIN.

TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction mobile game now available!

TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction

Greetings TRANSFORMERS fans!

We are thrilled to announce the world wide release of TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, the latest epic installment in the TRANSFORMERS gaming saga for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (coming soon to Android).

Download TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction during launch week to receive an exclusive rare Transmetal Rocket Launcher, and leave a trail of DECEPTICON scrap metal in your wake.

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Take to the streets with an amazingly diverse and destructive arsenal designed to mow down legions of DECEPTICON raiders!

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Roll out!

Summer Blockbusters: Upcoming Games and New Releases

We’re getting ready for summer — that time of year when the days start getting longer, we break out the sunscreen, and giant alien robot dinosaurs beat the bolts off of each other. We’re extremely excited to showcase some new games that will be unleashed very soon. And if you think you’ll enjoy reckless bank heists, hanging out with crazed mercenaries, and collecting Thingies of all shapes and sizes, you should pre-register now to be notified when they’re available for download.

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The Collectables 

Command a crew of renegade soldiers and lead them into explosive combat with strategic precision in The Collectables. In the latest blockbuster from award-winning developer Crytek, you’ll wage war in stunning 3D environments and seek to overthrow a ruthless army known only as “The Enemy”.

As the action reaches critical mass and the bad guys close in for the kill, you alone can unleash the individual talents of your rebel mercenaries and blow The Enemy sky-high! Choose your favorite heroes, dust off your bazooka and get to the chopper – it’s time to let off some steam.

You can download The Collectables now for free on your iPhone or iPad: http://moba.ge/TheCollectables

Android users can get in on the action very soon, so pre-register now: http://android.thecollectablesgame.com/

App Store Names TRANSFORMERS Legends a “Hollywood Hit”

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The Apple App Store has featured TRANSFORMERS Legends in the “Hollywood Hits" list. The game features over 300 classic TRANSFORMERS characters based on the original cartoon series and reimagined by famous comic book artists. It is available through the Apple App Store and for Android through Google Play.

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Speaking of Hollywood hits, Transformers Age of Extinction is hitting theaters next month. And alongside the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster, we will be releasing the official mobile game which will be available this summer on the App Store and Google Play.

You can pre-register for the game now to be one of the first to know when it’s available to download: transformers-mobile.com.

The age of the TRANSFORMERS is most certainly not over.

Rollout!

MOBACOIN FRIEND-ZY: 100,000 MOBACOIN Up for Grabs

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Remember when you had to actually get your friends to come over to your house, hand them a controller and hope that they didn’t take the last Mountain Dew from the fridge to enjoy multiplayer games? No? Great. Now we feel old… Anyway, your friends list favorites have been there when you demolished their high scores, swapped well-hidden secrets and tag-teamed your way to victory, and it’s about time to show your best buddies some appreciation!

Get ready for the MOBACOIN FRIEND-ZY, where we’re going to reward 50 Mobage fans with 2,000 MOBACOINS each! We’ll need your gamername to enter, then Like Mobage on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already. Share the MOBACOIN FRIEND-ZY sweepstakes with your friends, followers and even foes, because for each gamer who enters through your referral, you’ll get an extra entry. With 100,000 Mobacoin on the line, you’re going to need a bigger boat!

Announcing TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction!

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This summer marks an epic arrival for TRANSFORMERS fans around the globe, as we are proud to announce the pre-registration of the very first combat runner style game, set in the TRANSFORMERS universe.

Experience explosive and suspense-filled action in TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction®, the all-new 3D combat runner and official mobile game for the new TRANSFORMERS movie from Paramount Pictures.

Pre-register at transformers-mobile.com to be notified when the game is launched!

Keep an ear to the ground as more updates on this exciting new title are soon to come.

Rollout!