Ngmoco parent DeNA announced it will be offering a free-to-play version of Epic and Chair's iOS hit Infinity Blade
for Japanese iPhones through its Mobage social network this Fall.
The new version of the game, tentatively titled Infinity Blade X
, will play similarly to the original iOS hack-and-slasher while "adding the ability for players to fight or collaborate with each other via the Mobage network," according to the announcement.
Infinity Blade X
will be the the first Mobage title to use Epic's Unreal Engine 3, and will make money from in-app purchases of social goods, DeNA said.
The original Infinity Blade
, which sells for $5.99 on the iOS App Store, has earned over $10 million
for developer Epic since its release last December, and over a third of that revenue came from in-app purchases
Mobage claims over 1,000 titles and 20.5 million subscribers, helping drive annual sales over over $1.3 billion
for parent company DeNA.
The company is currently planning a major international expansion
for the Mobage network, after purchasing Ngmoco and its Plus+ mobile social network
for $400 million last year.