Freeverse has just become the first iPhone and iPod touch game developer and publisher to join ngmoco’s Plus+ Network.
ngmoco’s Plus+ Network is in a sense like Microsoft’s Xbox Live for its Xbox 360. It features the ability to create personal profiles and friends lists, post status updates, earn achievements, challenge friends, and view leader boards. The service has already been a success within ngmoco’s relatively large group of games, and now the service it is finally expanding.
The first Freeverse title to incorporate the new set of features will be their 3D space trading and conquest game, Warpgate. Their hugely popular Flick Fishing will also eventually be updated with the Plus+ Network.
“Freeverse fans are always eager to engage meaningfully with their social groups and share the games they love, so integrating Plus+ into our games was a natural choice for us,” said Ian Lynch Smith, president, Freeverse. “Whether players want to follow their friends’ activities, set up their own challenges and invite friends to play, the Plus+ network offers that functionality today and is poised to offer even more in the future. We’re confident that Plus+ promises to be the definitive social map iPhone players have been searching for.”
As we have outlined before, there are already quite a few social gaming networks out there for the iPhone and iPod touch. Each and every one has stated that they will bring Xbox Live-like features to the iPhone, which most of them have, but the problem is that it is also dividing the users. It would be nice to see one, or at most two, of these services take hold and dominate the arena so we won’t have to enter and remember information for multiple accounts.
What’s your favorite social gaming network at this point? Is it Plus+? OpenFeint? Cloudcell? Or something else?