Microsoft announced that its new operating system, codenamed Windows 8, will have a number of popular games to launch in their virtual store. The list should be familiar to anyone who has either used a smart phone in the last two years or ever checked the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace. Hydro Thunder, Toy Soldiers, Reckless Racing, Angry Birds, Ilomilo, Rocket Riot, Full House Poker, Tentacles, Crash Course, Ms Splosion Man, and Wordament will all make their way to the new OS.
The Windows 8 store will follow a similar pricing and release model to the infamous iOS store, by letting developers create and upload their own games and apps and price them accordingly. When these sales are made, The Verge reports that Microsoft will receive “30 percent of proceeds at first, reduced to 20 percent after an app reaches $25,000 in sales.”
Everyone and their mothers – especially their mothers – are familiar with Angry Birds, which is available on so many platforms that my high school graphing calculator can likely play it. Toy Soldiers, Ilomilo, and Ms. Splosion Man are exciting editions for anyone planning to take advantage of the store, as they’re already very well-received on XBLA.
Speaking of which, Microsoft will also be bringing Xbox Live to the Windows 8 platform and is boasting plans to include cross-platform play for certain titles. This means you would be able to take those popular-a-year-ago games online against some console friends. It’s a beautiful future.