Make no mistake about it, Gameloft makes a good chunk of money off of their iPhone offerings. However, this doesn’t mean they want to miss out on the Android market which continues to grow and grow with users hungry for better and better games.
Gameloft has announced the availability of 10 new 3D games designed to run on high-end Android smartphones with large touchscreens. These devices include the Xperia X10, HTC Desite, Motorola Droid, Motorola Motoroi and Google Nexus One. Odd not seeing HTC Incredible support, although I would bet the games would work on it.
Asphalt 5, Let’s Golf !, Assassin’s Creed, Hero of Sparta, Gangstar: West Coast Hustle, Dungeon Hunter, Real Football 2010, N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Modern Combat: Sandstorm and Tom Clancy’s HAWX are the games currently available.
The odd part about the announcement is how the games will be purchased. Instead of using the Android Market, the games have to be purchased using the gameloft website and downloaded separately from the market altogether. It’s nice that Android is open enough to allow this, but I can’t help but think that users will be alienated as they will not even know about the games unless they regularly visit Gameloft’s website. The process to get the games is described in the video below which showcases the new Android games.