Glossary - Cross-Platform Mobile Game Development

Cross-platform mobile game development is the practice of designing and building a game for play on all the different mobile platforms or software environments supported by mobile devices. Many mobile game developers had to choose between launching their games either on Android or iOS. Despite the different advantages of these two mobile platforms, developing a separate game for each adds its challenges. Because you have to rewrite all your game code before porting to another platform. Cross-platform mobile game development enabled game developers to target different devices and platforms using an integrated development environment.

Unity engine is perhaps the most popular cross-platform mobile game development environment. With unity, there is a vast array of choices for developing mobile games, both in 2D and 3D. It enables you to easily and quickly port games onto Windows, Android, BlackBerry, and iOS platforms. Also, you can add 3D assets from all the major applications like Maya, Blender, 3ds Max, Softimage, CINEMA 4D, etc. With cross-platform development, users enjoy the cross-platform play. This is the ability to enable different mobile platforms to share the same online servers in a game. Regard on the mobile platform you are on; you can join in on a multiplayer mobile game.

Some mobile games aren't available in a cross-platform environment due to licensing agreements between developing studios and authorities of some mobile platforms. Due to the differences in software characteristics of the various mobile platforms, a mobile game may initially be released several platforms. Followed by the later release on other platforms. Nowadays, most mobile games support and enable both online and offline play. Cross-platform mobile game development enables both indie developers and corporate entities to build more than two different games identical to each other, thereby saving a lot of time and money.