Setting your living room on fire: Manticore RISING debuts on the new Apple TV
An old acquaintance on a new platform. In Galaxy on Fire - Manticore RISING, you will of course be able to fly Vossk ships as well.
Ever since the original Galaxy on Fire blazed onto Java-powered feature phones a full decade ago, our pioneering space saga has breached its way onto one high-profile gaming platform after another. iOS, OSX, Android and Windows PC are only some of the many systems to which the GOF games got ported over the years. And the saga’s journey into ever-new realms of digital entertainment has still not ended as the recent release of Galaxy on Fire - Manticore RISING on the new Apple TV shows. With the app being out in the open for a little less than a week, we’d now like to introduce our first Apple TV exclusive to you in more detail.
Our head of game design Mark thinks that GOF and Siri Remote are "a perfect match". What do you think?
Galaxy on Fire - Manticore RISING is the official prologue to the upcoming mobile game Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore. As such, the riveting narrative of its “story” mode directly leads up to the conflict of the next GOF game on smartphones and tablets, which is scheduled to be released in 2016. While Manticore RISING sports the same look and uses the same assets as GOF3 on mobile, its gameplay and handling are fundamentally different. Here, we have fully focused on the unique complexion of the new platform and designed Manticore RISING in a way that caters for a smooth and seamless sci-fi gaming experience on the new Apple TV. We understood right from the start that this was not mainly about finding ways to squeeze familiar iOS mechanics into the corset of the new platform. Instead, we had to design a game that felt and played like a full-fledged Apple TV original on the one hand and still qualified as a genuine member of the GOF family on the other.
A little snapshot of the RISING team working on ways to translate GOF's touch interface to the Apple TV's motion controls.
Transferring the touch screen interface of our mobile games to a physical controller as specifically conditioned as the Siri Remote was a crucial issue for us. And to be honest, we all thought at first that this would not work at all. But once we gave it a try, we quickly learned that it matches surprisingly well and that it is a helluva lot of fun to steer your ship not only with swipes but also with gestures. Sure, as someone who’s used to the virtual D-Pad of her iPhone or iPad, your tentative steps with the Siri Remote will most likely have been a little wonky. But once you got the knack of it, it will hopefully have become really compelling and hard-to-put-aside! At least that’s how we experienced it.
Before you head off into space, Manticore RISING asks you if you want to calibrate your Siri Remote for an ideal gaming experience.
One last thing we’d like to clarify before we close this blog is the fact that Galaxy on Fire - Manticore RISING is of course not GOF3 on the new Apple TV. It’s an appetizer that puts you in the mood for the next GOF game and a prologue that introduces the new game world and some of its central characters to you. In the following days and weeks, we will further elaborate on this and talk about numerous aspects and peculiarities of Manticore RISING in more detail. We hope you will follow us on this journey and we would love to welcome you back here next week – same day, same time. Until then, please let us know your first experiences with and impressions of Manticore RISING in the comments.