A new company that has been spun off from Rovio, the creators of the Angry Birds franchise, wants to offer a way for Android device owners to stream and play games without downloading them onto their phones. The new company, Hatch, says the service will also include some unique social features.
Hatch says that the service will allow anyone to play games for free, with no updates or in-app purchases. Instead, the service, and game developers, will get revenues from “integrated, unobtrusive advertising and brand storytelling”. Hatch also plans to launch a paid subscription option that will offer unnamed additional features for gamers.
In addition, the service will allow players to compete, or even help, in online gaming, along with support for sharing and broadcasting gameplay footage. Even single-player games can be altered so that players can receive online assistance from others. The service will use cloud-based servers in a partnership with Huawei Technologies.
When Hatch does launch to the public, it will have over 100 games to play such as Badland, Leo’s Fortune, Monument Valley, Pac-Man CE DX, République and many more. It will also release games that will be exclusive to the service, such as IslaBomba: Ready To Boom, that will be able to use the service’s multiplayer and social features. The company plans to launch via an invite-only beta sometime in the first half of 2017.