Mar 8, 2011
Galaxy on Fire 2 from Hamburg-based game developer Fishlabs Entertainment is set to be launched in late March 2011, just in time for the launch of the Xperia PLAY, the new Android-based smartphone from Sony Ericsson.
As a fan of space-shooters, I admit to being personally excited about this news. The iOS crowd has been enjoying what looks like a terrific game for some time now, and I can’t wait for it to come to Android. Add to that the physical inputs on the Xperia PLAY and a great game seems poised to be even greater.
The multiple award-winning sci-fi adventure has been specially adapted to support both the digital and analog gaming buttons on the Xperia PLAY, allowing players to steer their ship with both the left control pad and the analog touchpad. The four face buttons will be used to fire the primary and secondary weapons, boost and operate the context menu for weapons, hyperdrive and wingmen. The two shoulder buttons can call up the navigation menu or change camera perspective.
Michael Schade, CEO of Fishlabs Entertainment, says, “The Xperia PLAY is the ideal smartphone for gamers. With a high-performance processor and fast 3D chip, Galaxy on Fire 2 runs incredibly smoothly on the high-resolution display.
“But the highlight is the gaming buttons. The controls are unbelievably precise and neither fingers nor virtual controls occlude the action on the display. Thatâ€™s what mobile gaming is meant to be!â€
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Partner Manager – Games, Jonas Berg, notes that, â€Fishlabs already set standards for mobile gaming in the Java era with Galaxy on Fire 1 and 2 on Sony Ericsson mobile phones.
â€We are thrilled that Galaxy on Fire 2 — one of the most acclaimed smartphone games there is — is part of the launch line-up for the Xperia PLAY. The complex outer space simulation with its sophisticated controls seems as though it was made for the gaming buttons on the Xperia PLAY and offers a unique gaming experience for hardcore gamer on the go.â€
Of course, nothing compares to seeing this baby run on Tegra-powered hardware, like the Motorola Xoom, but I’ll take good, ol’ fashioned buttons and the convenience of a pocketable gaming system any day. All the same, the game looks good for the specs it’s running on. Set faces to “stunned,” then feast your eyes on the gallery below.
Galaxy on Fire 2 will be available for download from the Android Market and other leading app stores when the Xperia PLAY goes on sale at the end of March 2011.