French studio Ankama is to introduce DofusPocket, a mobile phone application that can interact with its online RPG Dofus.
Developed by Ankama’s latest subsidiary, Kalmeo, the app has few concrete functions announced but will have features such as ‘information consultation, data exchange with game servers and user-to-user applications between mobiles’.
DofusPocket is currently in a first testing phase, and new features will be added throughout the test period and continuing until after the official release, which is planned for the summer.
“We wish to offer our DOFUS players new content and additional features that will add to the original online game. We do not wish to simply make a shorter version of DOFUS for mobiles.” said Emmanuel Darras, CEO and co-founder of Ankama.
“It seems to be the logical follow-up to our development which is centered on innovating cross-media solutions as well as our will to have a total control over our projects.”
Thomas Bahon, director of Ankama Games Products, added: “We already have several ideas about the content we want to add and how we will distribute it. We also wish to make use of the latest mobiles’ potential to the full including the diffusion of videos produced by Ankama Animations, or even the use of 2D barcodes.
"Unlike our competitors, we do have within our walls all the necessary resources to develop all the features and content we want to offer our users, even though it’s no longer within the video-game framework.”