New Adobe Releases Are the Future of Flash

 

On March 28th, Adobe will release final versions of Flash 11.2 and Air 3.2. Thanks to Facebook-, smartphone-, and browser-based options, the popularity of Flash gaming has skyrocketed in recent years, and the San Jose, CA software giants are looking to increase it still further.

Speaking by phone with Game Front, Adobe representatives touted their new product’s many improved features. From a gamer’s perspective, one stood out: Flash 11.2 will now support hardware-accelerated graphics, resulting in better-looking, more immersive games — some in full 3D. Using Stage3D technology, Flash can now handle visually sophisticated game engines such as Unreal Engine 3.

Thanks to Adobe Air, which enables developers to package games for distribution on multiple platforms, these next-generation Flash amusements will become ubiquitous. Titles such as Machinarium, originally designed for desktop PC’s, can now be converted to run in Flash and then easily ported to any number of different devices.

More games, more ways. That’s good for everyone. We look forward to seeing what Flash developers have in store.

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