Apple Inc’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) smartwatch has already attracted interest from the gaming industry, with some developers more than keen to test the device’s utility as a gaming platform. In the past week several exclusive Apple Watch games have been announced, amongst them the conspicuously-titled “Watch Quest: Heroes of Time”, developed by US game company WayForward.
Describing the game on its website, WayForward says that Watch Quest is “the first adventure game made exclusively for Apple Watch”. The game plays across the Apple Watch and the iPhone, with the latter as a kingdom hub, where players can chose their heroes, equip them with items and select missions. Then players use the watch to guide the heroes through their journey as they fight enemies and solve puzzles. The game will launch on April 24, the same day as the official global launch of Apple Watch.
Another recently announced game that is also set for an April 24 release is Bossa Studios’ “Spy_Watch”. The UK developer behind Surgeon Simulator describes its new title as a "new type of game for a new type of hardware". Spy_Watch lets players use Apple's notifications system to communicate with a fictional agent.
Wired quoted Bossa co-founder Imre Jele as saying in a statement: "We are now all used to communicating via short text based messages and we felt this would be a really interesting and accessible way to tell an interactive story. Thanks to the Apple Watch we are now able to bring the thrill of espionage to your wrist, just like one of James Bond’s infamous gadgets."
The two games add to the handful of titles already announced for the Apple Watch, including “Watch This Homerun!!” and “Letterpad”, as well as a selection of simple games such as Blackjack. For now the Watch has attracted smaller gaming companies, which hope that the device could be the next category-defining product from Apple, which would do for smartwatches what the iPhone and the iPad did for smartphones and tablets. Thus far, early indications suggest that the Apple Watch is likely to make quite a splash in the fledgling smartwatch sector.
According to recently published estimates from data firm Slice Intelligence, Apple Inc received pre-orders for more than 1.2 million smartwatches from customers in the US last Friday, its first official day of sale. In comparison, only 720,000 devices running Android Wear, Google Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) platform for smartwatches, were sold in the entire year of 2014, according to research firm Canalys.
In yesterday’s trading, Apple shares closed 0.5 percent lower at $126.17. The stock has risen 14.3 percent since the start of the year and the company’s market capitalisation currently stands at $738.5 billion.