View Full Version : Sega Rally Delayed


Ewan
30-03-2004, 12:29 PM
Our friend over at Allack (http://www.allack.co.uk/) have been told that Sega Rally (http://www.allaboutngage.com/games/viewgame.php?id=17), due out on April 9th, has been delayed idefinitly. The other release on that day, Marcel Desalliy Pro Soccer (http://www.allaboutngage.com/games/viewgame.php?id=16), is still due. With no N-Gage MMC releases since December, a lot of people are getting very anxious. And now Nokia only have 9 months to hit their much publicised 80-100 games by Christmas 2004. Neep!

JimH
01-04-2004, 01:13 PM
Best you get on with writing more OPL games asap Ewan :-)

Ewan
01-04-2004, 01:34 PM
Well the CORE is sorted on UIQ, so Vexed on UIQ is on the way. It's already available for hte N-Gage (http://vexed.symbiandiaries.com/)

gd2
03-04-2004, 01:25 PM
I think Nokia will announce some new games in April when it is also set to announce N-Gage 2.

Ewan
03-04-2004, 03:05 PM
They may well do, but I'd rather they concentrate on the games they've announced, demo a few of them , maybe event (shock horror) actually release something?

The 80 games is actually doable - let me dig out the link for the games Chris hunted down for us... here it is (http://www.allaboutngage.com/viewarticle.php?id=56).

langdona
03-04-2004, 05:15 PM
Is it possible that they are delaying some games to take advantage of new features available in the N-Gage 2?

We know that the N-Gage 2 will probably be backwardly compatable with N-Gage 1 games but they may have made some performance enhancements which means you can't play all N-Gage 2 game on a 1.

Ewan
03-04-2004, 05:25 PM
I don;t think so Anyd, but I could be worng. I don;t see any changes in hardware to N-Gage 2 (After all, it still has to be Series 60). I can maybe (say 60/40 in favour) see a change from Symbian OS 6.1 to Symbian 7.0s which *might* explain a delay, but then 7.0s is meant to be binary compatible...

langdona
04-04-2004, 08:05 AM
It would seem very strange to me if they did nothing to improve performance. This does not have to be anything significantly different but they might put in a faster processor or increase the memory. I would also guess there will be a new version of the firmware as I think there are some N-Gage specific API's even though its a series 60 device.

The N-Gage is largely considered a flop and has not sold in the kind of quantity that Nokia were expecting. I very much doubt if Nokia will worry too much about existing N-Gage owners when producing a new model. Hence I dont think they will worry about future N-Gage titles running on the old device.

They need to produce something a lot better for the N-Gage 2 and I think that involves more than the mainly cosmetic changes that have been mentioned.

N-D00D
04-04-2004, 01:55 PM
Nokia must keep it backward compatible (and old N-Gages must play all the upcoming games) and I believe this new N-Gage will have the same features hardware-wise than present N-Gage. There are tens of N-Gage games still under development, and what would happen to those projects if Nokia announced a completely new platform? This is just too soon for a new platform. Nokia must give some credibility to "N-Gage platform", even if didnt sell like they wanted it to sell. By giving some new life and continuity to N-gage platform, they will have a smoother road to completely new device some time in the future and devs have more time for transition. Nokia is now in gaming business...it works bit differently than cell phone market.

Even a faster cpu isnt an option, portable consoles arent like a PC-platform where it doesnt matter if performance varies between devices.

I repeat: We arent going see N-Gage 2 this year, maybe not until late 2005. What we very probably are going to see is a sligthly enhanced N-Gage at London 14.04.

I hope my bad english doesnt prevent you from understanding what I'm trying to say.

:cool:

Ewan
04-04-2004, 02:17 PM
I repeat: We arent going see N-Gage 2 this year, maybe not until late 2005. What we very probably are going to see is a sligthly enhanced N-Gage at London 14.04.
I hope my bad english doesnt prevent you from understanding what I'm trying to say.


Actually makes perfect sense, and pretty much sums up my thoughts as well. Of course, do Nokia realise they're in the games industry yet, or will they hold onto the 'it's a new type of thing' concept?