Google is leaving no stone unturned in developing and promoting Native Client (NaCl) to game developers. Not only indie game developers are being attracted but Google is striking deals with big game production houses like Square Enix and Ubisoft.
If you are still not aware about Native Client games, read our articles on it from here. All these games are playable in Chrome/ium browser in sandboxed mode. All you have to do is enable hardware acceleration and whitelist your graphic card.
Google has already integrated fullscreen, mouselock and gamepad HTML5 APIs support to latest versions of Chrome and is pitching Chrome as the next big gaming platform.
Now lets look at some awesome 3D NaCl games coming in 2012, many of these are announced by Google at GDC:
We have already covered RTS game Airmech in detail. You can play beta version of the game now in your Chrome browser. Just follow the instructions here.
We have also covered Mini Ninjas which is a new action adventure game by Square Enix. The final version is expected to be released later this year. You can play beta version right now in Chrome browser by following instructions here.
Pirates of New Horizons
In this 3D jump’n run action adventure you embark on a wild cruise through the galaxy with the space pirate Annha. Use your spaced out inventory of gadgets & acrobatic skills to loot the precious treasures of “New Horizons” and solve the mysteries of a universe that has come apart at the seams. (official website)
Dark Legends is third NaCl game by Spacetime Studios after releasing popular MMORPG’s Pocket Legends and Star Legends on Chrome Web Store. Dark Legends is going to be a Vampire themed MMO.
Ubisoft’s popular XBOX 360 and PS3 title From Dust is now heading to Chrome Web Store.
In From Dust, players assume a god-like first-person perspective from which they manipulate an archipelago environment in an effort to save, and enlighten, a nomadic tribe. With a spherical cursor, the user controls certain types of matter – namely soil, lava and water – in real time. Lava cools to form solid rock, vegetation propagates in soil and spreads naturally once a village is built, and moving water quickly erodes terrain. Physical changes to the world occur extremely rapidly, allowing players to restructure islands within minutes. (wikipedia)
Go Home Dinosaurs
Go Home Dinosaurs is a new tower defense by Fire Hose Games where prehistoric moles try to defend their BBQ from a Dino rampage.
Klei Entertainment (Shank fame) has teased the fans about their next game Eets Munchies. The original Eets game was quite popular and was released on Windows, Mac and XBOX. No gameplay footage of Eets Munchies is available but it seems the game will have even more wacky visuals and tricky puzzles than original Eets game.
Check out original Eets Gameplay:
Zombie Track Meat
Zombie Track Meat by Fuzzycube Software seems to be an undead race game. Unfortunately no gameplay footage is available yet but more will be revealed in next few days.
All these games are currently being shown at Google Booth in Game Developers Conference, San Francisco. It seems that many of these games are also available privately for preview and testing purposes.