Command & Conquer 4: Coming to a BlackBerry Near You

The BlackBerry platform has never had a lot of support for gaming, but the times may be a changing. Command & Conquer 4 is available on the platform now (okay, I admit, so have some previous C&C titles have too) for a mere $6.99. Regardless of whether or not you are a real time strategy (RTS) fan or not, the fact that game developers are still supporting BlackBerry is good news.

Of course, C&C 4 is not news like the fact that Epic has ported the Unreal Engine 3 to iOS but right now, BlackBerry owners need all the games they can get. Personally, I think Research In Motion (RIM) has shot itself in the foot too many times in the past for anyone to expect high end games on the platform. The fact that there are so many different BlackBerry hardware configurations, so many BlackBerry app stores, and relatively underpowered hardware even on the newest BlackBerry models is the reason. Is Unreal Engine 3 capable of running on any BlackBerry? Let me pause to laugh for a moment.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good RTS (StarCraft and WarCraft have always found a warm place in my heart). But I also love first person shooters, and a bunch of other kinds of games. RIM is slowly working on the hindrances to software developers, but it is taking a while. BlackBerry App World 2.0 should help since it finally has credit card and carrier billing. So should the improved developers tools that are slowly coming out from RIM.

However, nothing can get around the fact that with only a handful of touchscreen models and a range of different keyboard configurations, the BlackBerry is a difficult platform to develop for. Unless a developer has a specific device or series of devices in mind, it is hard hard work to make software for a BlackBerry. Especially something as difficult to program as a game.

Keep your fingers crossed for more gaming titles to come to the BlackBerry along with other apps. In the meantime, let me know if you think RIM has the hardware or support for gaming companies to consider it as a serious platform to develop for.

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