If you’re interested in speculating about the future of RIM and the BlackBerry Platform, you simply need to look at the PlayBook. Applications written now for the PlayBook will run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and developers that port their games are future-proofing the app’s life on the BlackBerry Platform.
Something that has been making us feel positive about the future of BlackBerry is all the games we’ve seen that previously avoided the platform and are now on the PlayBook.
In this video, RIM shows how fun gaming on the PlayBook is. This will all be on BlackBerry smartphones too. YouTube link here for mobile viewing.
Games that are very popular on other platforms have been popping up on the PlayBook recently. Popular games such as: Angry BIrds, Roboto, Machinarium, Spiderman HD, Cut the Rope and more, are all now on PlayBook. These games are from both large publishers and small game studios.
The reason these games are now flocking to BlackBerry is because with BlackBerry 10 and QNX, RIM has made the right partnerships and technical decisions so there’s very little barrier to entry for bringing your code to the platform. Support for Unity and Marmalade means that studios like Fenix Fire that use Unity can bring their games to BlackBerry quickly and with little investment. We have spoken with other studios such as Robot Invader that have told us they’re considering BlackBerry because of this support as well.
Games are a great beginning for BlackBerry 10 but we have yet to see much movement in the utility category of apps. RIM has a lot of work to do to make all the Java APIs that were available to legacy BlackBerry developers and created interesting “gap-filling” apps like the ones you see from emacberry, the Jared Company and S4BB.
With the newest BlackBerry 10 smartphones launching this year, RIM is on a tight deadline to deliver the APIs needed for developers to make “Super Apps” to complement those smartphones.
Oh, and just so you realize how far we’ve come,this is what BlackBerry games have looked like until now:
This YouTuber does a great job of showing you many games available for RIM’s latest OS 7 devices.