Engine tech company Emergent has a new licensee in Korean developer Entwell, which will use Emergent tech to develop an MMORPG.Emergent, maker of the Gamebryo and Gamebryo RS Gold Lightspeed engines, has made visible strides among online developers in Asia in recent months; at the end of March, Korea's EYA Soft revealed it would develop its free-to-play 3D MMORPG Iris Online using Gamebryo.And just before that, Emergent announced two more Gamebryo licensing agreements with Shanghai-based Goldcool and Seoul-based JoyMaster Interactive, both of which are working on online role-playing games.Emergent says it aims to support development of single and multiplayer games alike in any genre, and promises "dedication to providing a one-stop cross-platform toolset" for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC. In March it unveiled updates to its Gamebryo LightSpeed development platform, adding new features and establishing a "Kickstart" program for more transparency on the devkit.

Developing a successful game for the iPhone is hard enough, so why not hedge your bets? That's the advice of Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter and developers who work on bringing their iPhone games to Android and beyond."Developers ought to take advantage of the fact that the barriers to entry are low you can create an iPhone game and then port it inexpensively for $5,000 to $10,000 or less per platform," says Pachter. "If you're developing from scratch, the only platform that makes sense right now is the iPhone," says Kyu Lee, president of Gamevil USA (Zenonia). However, Area/Code (Drop 7) co-founder and creative director Frank Lantz says, "I don't think there's anything inherently easier in going from the iPhone to the Android than from, say, the PC to the Mac or from one console to another. It's definitely a different language and requires a different code base."Industry professionals discuss this issue in Gamasutra's latest feature, Smartphone Runescape Gold Advice: Keep On Porting! by Paul Hyman. It's further complicated by issues like audience and piracy concerns.