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Coming soon to Facebook: More action, battle games

Published on Feb 2, 2013 5:52 AM
 
A view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page May 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. Facebook is betting on game developers to extend console-style action games beyond Microsoft Corp's Xbox or Sony Corp's PlayStation onto the world's largest social network. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - When nWay began a trial of its dark, sci-fi combat game ChronoBlade on Facebook last year, the San Francisco-based startup felt sure it had a hit on its hands.

"First of all, what comes is, 'Wow, I had no idea you could actually do a game of this quality on Facebook,'" said Mr Dave Jones, chief creative officer of nWay, who has worked on Grand Theft Auto. Then came some resistance: Mr Jones admits some potential investors and partners questioned how an action-focused game with slick graphics can play to a Facebook audience more accustomed to Farmville and other less time-consuming casual games. Others wondered how the game - which launches this spring - would gain significant users and revenue on the social network.

But Facebook Inc is betting nWay and a clutch of other developers this year can extend console-style action games beyond Microsoft Corp's Xbox or Sony Corp's PlayStation onto the world's largest social network.

Facebook is spearheading the launch of 10 high-quality games created by third-party developers in 2013 that squarely target so-called hardcore gamers, an atypical audience overlooked thus far against the wealth of family-friendly offerings like Zynga Inc's Farmville that now dominate the social network's gaming landscape.

 
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