Piracy concerns keeps Infinity Blade from Android

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Infinity Blade II

Ahh Infinity Blade. It’s one heck of a game isn’t it? Not only does it look great (especially on retina displays), it also employs simple controls that are perfect for touch-based devices. Today, Infinity Blade 2 released in the Apple App Store for $6.99. Chair Entertainment has added a good number of new features such as dynamically changing environments, dual wielding and the ability to add power-up gems to your weapons and armor. iOS owners have a real treat on their hands, but what about Android owners? Where’s their Infinity Blade?

When the first Infinity Blade was released, Epic Games cited Android fragmentation as the reason why the game wasn’t on the platform. That was certainly true at the time. With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google is hoping to get the fragmentation under control. It may take awhile for most Android phones to become united, but the groundwork has been laid. Now, Chair Entertainment claims piracy on Android keeps Infinity Blade from the platform.

Mashable asked Chair Entertainment founder Donald Mustard about the issue of piracy.

“We’re confident that will be worked out and it will become a viable place for game developers, but that hasn’t happened yet,” Mustard said. “So it’s not the tech, it’s the business platform.”

Make no mistake, piracy is an issue on both iOS and Android, but Google isn’t as strict as Apple when it comes to filtering Android Market apps or protecting the operating system. Once a version of Android is open sourced, it’s essentially out of Google’s hands.

I also wouldn’t expect to see Infinity Blade on Android anytime soon because Apple uses the game to sell its products. Infinity Blade is featured in Apple commercials and was highlighted at the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S debuts. It’s basically Apple’s gaming golden goose.

Via [Mashable]

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