Our sister site ZuneBoards noticed a tweet from 2PlayMobile, who claims to have been contracted by Microsoft to develop new apps for the Zune HD. While the tweet only mentions two new games, their website, which has since been updated, referenced three titles: Bug Splatter, Tuginator, and Young Ninja. Next to nothing is known about these games, but ZuneBoards has a few theories.
Microsoft has continued to release new apps on a regular basis since the launch of the Zune HD on September 15, 2009. The most recent wave hit the Marketplace less than two weeks ago. It is unknown when, if ever, these games will be released, but it’s nice to know that Microsoft continues to support such a great device.
In the Zune HD forums there are some frustrated Zune HD users patiently waiting for more Zune applications. I do sympathize with them since it is a little bit disparaging having such a powerful Nvidia Tegra device being limited by application releases. In the thread, Microsoft’s DaveMac-MS cannot yet offer a time table for app releases but does offer this:
“I’ll be able to tell you more about the Twitter and Facebook apps once they’re out – in the meantime, there are a number of cogs in this wheel and we’d rather stick to a quality-driven release schedule, than a date-driven one.”
The important piece of info here is “quality-driven”. The time frame is no doubt frustrating and no excuses should be made for the slow release but it is good to hear that time is being spent to get it right the first time. Too many devices recently have been rushed to store shelf unfinished and buggy. Recent examples: Archos 5, Motorola Droid, Creative Zen X-Fi2. It’s a sad trend in the device industry we see way too often.
No information on upcoming apps for the Zune HD is available at this time, but in the mean time you can check out some demo’s and proof of concepts currently being made Zune enthusiast Roguemat to get an idea of what is to come.