It's been very quiet in iPad land while fans wait for Apple to announce its upcoming iPhone event, so let's look at some newly release titles on the App Store. Pixelbite today released a sequel to its third-person shooter, Space Marshals. Like the original, Space Marshals 2 is a tactical top-down shooter that takes place in the Wild West with a Sci-Fi twist. The game requires players use their surroundings to take down criminals, instead of just blasting away. Players can use distractions to single out opponents, hack gun turrets and turn them against their enemies, trick criminals into fighting each other and use silent weapons and other stealth tactics.
Space Marshals 2 includes over 20 missions with performance based rewards, over 70 different weapons, MFi controller support and HD Metal graphics. Fans of stealth games will want to check out this sci-fi wild west adventure.
Slitherine has released the followup to its turn-based strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon. Da Orks is set during one of the one of the most iconic conflicts in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players are in control of an invading Ork army and must defeat the Imperial forces of the Armageddon Steel Legion and Space Marines in a large campaign. Da Orks divides the Second War for Armageddon into 3 acts and 18 separate scenarios. It includes over 400 units and 200 weapons and more. Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Da Orks is available now on the Apple App Store for $14.99.
Strategy fans who are too impatient to wait until September for Avadon 3: The Warborn and Rome: Total War, can get their fix this month by downloading Slitherine's Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Da Orks. This is Slitherine's second Warhammer title and follow-up to Armageddon from 2014. Slitherine is known for developing and publishing premium strategy titles for iOS, such as Battle Academy and Hell: Fight for Gilrand.
Microsoft has launched another ad poking fun at Apple's iPad Pro. After Apple launched a commercial comparing their 12-inch tablet to an actual computer due to its Smart Keyboard, Microsoft released its own ad claiming a keyboard doesn't make the iPad comparable to the Surface Pro 4. In the commercial, Microsoft's personal assistant, Cortana, interrupts a party being thrown by an iPad. Siri tells Cortana that the iPad is celebrating being a computer, to which Cortana disagrees.
As we've noted before, there hasn't been much talk about the next-generation iPad Pro 2. It is possible that Apple doesn't plan to release a new 12.9-inch tablet in 2016, or any more iPad models this year, and noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agrees with us. MacRumors posted a new research report by Kuo, who believes Apple is planning to release three new iPad models in 2017.
It was a good week for iPad gaming news as two major strategy games were announced for Apple's tablet. Avadon 3: The Warborn will be avilable on September 14th and Feral Interactive released an announcment trailer for Rome: Total War. Both games are premium titles being ported as full versions to the Apple App Store for the iPad. The Warborn is the third game in Spiderweb Software's Avadon series, and Total War is considered one of the best strategy games ever released. You can hit the links above for more information on both games.
Feral Interactive on Friday posted a teaser trailer for an iPad version of Rome: Total War. Considered one of the best strategy games of all time, Total War was originally released in 2004 by Activision, and ported to OS X by Feral Interactive in 2010. The 37-second announcement trailer doesn't reveal much, except that the iOS version will be the full PC version originally created by Creative Assembly. Don't get confused by all the company names, Total War was developed by Creative and released by Activision in 2004, then the rights were picked up by Sega and the game was eventually developed for OS X by Feral Interactive.
Google has finally updated its three main productivity apps with multitasking support for the iPad. Google Sheets, Slides and Docs were all updated yesterday with Split-screen multitasking and minor bug fixes. Google was one of the first to update its apps with iPad Pro optimization, but it was slow to roll out multitasking to its productivity apps. Google Photos was one of the only Google apps that gain multitasking features back in March.