From the very release of Unity, we were excited about the possibilities for mobile it offered — and when lots of people didn’t really believe the mobile games would fly and bring profits to the studios, we did. In 2022, after hundreds of successful mobile-focused game projects, we’re happy to see the mobile segment of the industry bloom.
Because a lot of our clients start venturing into the world of mobile gaming by publishing their games in the Play Store, we often act as an Android game development studio.
Android game development means creating a game that’ll run on Android OS. To make an Android game, a game developer uses various tools, from game engines that allow developing to Android as a part of their functionality (Unity, Godot, Unreal Engine 4’s with AGDE for debugging, Defold, etc) to Android Game Development Kit, provided by Google. We prefer using Unity but are always up to adopting your SDK/environment if your game design requires it.
The first and main reason businesses opt for outsourcing game development is a lack of talent and time pressure. Outsourcing to a proper tech partner, as we’ve discussed, allows to cut down on recruiting/hiring/onboarding/office space expenses while doing whatever needs to be done for the project.
Game publishers and studios often take to outsourcing to cover a specific shortage by introducing engineers, artists, animators, or other specialists from a partner company to their in-house gamedev team. That helps introduce both needed expertise and new perspective into the team.
Apart from that, in comparison to other methods of delegating various aspects of gamedev to outside contractors, outsourcing is often more reliable: it’s easy to check out their portfolio, play their games, or talk to their previous clients (and referrals are a great signifier of a good partner.)
Each studio has its own approach to how to create an Android game, so we’ll describe ours.
Note, that other game studios may utilize other approaches to the Android game development pipeline, and that’s totally valid. If you want to build a game within your process, we can do that as well.
This is often asked as a part of a larger how to create a game on Android question, and the answer is: it depends. Approximate calculations are these: our game developers create small puzzle games within about 3-5 months; bigger titles, with multiple levels, fighting system, extensive economy, branched dialogues, etc. will take about 6-12 months. Apart from mechanical complexity, the duration of the project also depends on what kind of art you’d like to see in your Android game: generally, 3D artists work longer than 2D artists, even for mobile. So even a small one-chapter story with extensive 3D character & environment art & animated cutscenes can take up to 4-7 months or more to develop.
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