Supercell is bringing its flagship games Clash of Clans and Clash Royale to PC via the Google Play Games service. The games are launching today in Canada, Chile and Singapore before being launched globally.
The release of these games comes with improved mouse controls, optimized graphics and other features for high-performance computers.
For a developer inextricably linked to the global mobile gaming industry, this is a major step – Supercell is bringing its hits to the PC for the first time, and through Google Play Games, a third-party service. Clash of Clans is Supercell’s biggest game yet, and its success has shattered many early notions about the differences between mobile games and games on other platforms.
Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are available today in the regions listed above in soft-lunch mode. There is no word on global distribution of the game, other than that it will happen “in the near future”.
The developers state: “Our dream is to create great games that as many people as possible play for years and make memories that last forever. Now, for the first time ever, we will officially support two games on PC. We hope this change will bring Clash games closer to more players and give Clash players more ways to play.”
The release of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale beyond mobile devices can be seen as a major change and endorsement by Google Play Games. While a PC release was always a possibility, it’s notable that a developer known for its focus and judicious use of its time and talents has finally chosen Google Play Games over a long-standing service like Steam.
Both games generate a lot of revenue for Supercell, and the developer is already looking for a way to ditch the payment systems of mobile app stores by opening its own web store and teaming up with Razer Gold. In that light, it’ll be interesting to see how payments will work out for the PC versions, given that they’re run through Google Play Games.
The question, of course, is whether this is the exception to the rule or the first step towards making Supercell’s entire catalog of games available on PC. And going even further, isn’t this just an experiment that Supercell may abandon? After all, the Finnish mobile giant is known for its commitment to excellence, even if it means abandoning its latest developments.
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