bestgamesOpening the first day of GDC Mobile, Ngmoco CEO Neil Young gave a keynote speech titled "Why the iPhone Just Changed Everything."

The talk gave some interesting insight into how mobile gaming has evolved and how he sees Ngmoco's role in the ecosystem. Most interesting to gamers, however, were a few title announcements scattered throughout his presentation.

Fans of Zen Bound [App Store] and Spin will be pleased to find out that Ngmoco and Secret Exit are collaborating on a new game. No details on the game were provided, but Young stressed that they would bring each company's respective "super powers" together in order to build on each others strengths.

Meanwhile, Young also revealed that the Rolando level pack update was just the first of several. Between now and the end of May, Ngmoco is planning on releasing 3 more free level pack updates with 5 levels each. Bringing the total number of free add-on levels to 20 for Rolando

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Rolando 2 ("Quest for the Golden Orchid") was also announced for a June release with 4 worlds/36 levels and will also be followed by a similar level-pack update system to bring 20 more levels by October. Finally, Rolando 3 will then be released in November, with the same free level packs released in followup.

Stay tuned for more GDC coverage at TouchArcade.com.

  • 8bitgeorge

    Good, more games for us! However, it's weird how he announces Rolando 2 and 3. Why not make a super huge Rolando with DLC (paid) content down the line?

  • http://web.me.com/robertsammons rob s

    I can't wait for rolando and so pleased there offering three updates they could do it as DLC but the use of free updates will keep people coming back to the app I loved the first rolando and the updates were great for the game. I can't wait for 2 and 3 should be great and its great there gaining a brand name from Rolando.

  • 8bitgeorge

    Good, more games for us! However, it's weird how he announces Rolando 2 and 3. Why not make a super huge Rolando with DLC (paid) content down the line?

  • http://web.me.com/robertsammons rob s

    I can't wait for rolando and so pleased there offering three updates they could do it as DLC but the use of free updates will keep people coming back to the app I loved the first rolando and the updates were great for the game. I can't wait for 2 and 3 should be great and its great there gaining a brand name from Rolando.

  • kiwi91

    Actually sounds like a good plan for Rolando.

    Release a level pack as a free upgrade a month before the release of the sequel--getting gamers pumped and happy for the newest version to come out.

  • kiwi91

    Actually sounds like a good plan for Rolando.

    Release a level pack as a free upgrade a month before the release of the sequel--getting gamers pumped and happy for the newest version to come out.

  • arn

    I believe the title for Rolando 2 is "Quest for the Golden Orchid". But wanted confimration before posting into the new story.

    arn

  • arn

    I believe the title for Rolando 2 is "Quest for the Golden Orchid". But wanted confimration before posting into the new story.

    arn

  • bobechi

    rolando! *faint

  • bobechi

    rolando! *faint

  • lopches

    wow a collaboration between secretexit and ngmoco. definitely looking forward to it

  • lopches

    wow a collaboration between secretexit and ngmoco. definitely looking forward to it

  • WiseWeasel

    As someone with the max of 148 apps installed, here's another request for DLC for the current Rolando rather than a separate app for the sequels. It's getting hard to decide which apps I can remove at this point, so it's likely that the path Ngmoco takes in this regard determines whether they get anymore of my money.

  • WiseWeasel

    As someone with the max of 148 apps installed, here's another request for DLC for the current Rolando rather than a separate app for the sequels. It's getting hard to decide which apps I can remove at this point, so it's likely that the path Ngmoco takes in this regard determines whether they get anymore of my money.

  • Coral

    I am super excited about a Secret Exit collaboration. What could they be planning? I simply can't wait.

    I still haven't finished the first Rolando much less getting all the achievements. I probably won't buy an sequels until I have finished the previous ones. That said, I think I have plenty of time to get it done.

  • Coral

    I am super excited about a Secret Exit collaboration. What could they be planning? I simply can't wait.

    I still haven't finished the first Rolando much less getting all the achievements. I probably won't buy an sequels until I have finished the previous ones. That said, I think I have plenty of time to get it done.

  • s0mah

    This just in! Ngmoco helps iPhone change everything by announcing multiple sequels to a lackluster product!

  • s0mah

    This just in! Ngmoco helps iPhone change everything by announcing multiple sequels to a lackluster product!

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  • http://www.MoreBluSky.com Sense Field

    Do we really want three Rolando games in a single year? I just fear that they are going to kill the franchise like Sega did to sonic.

    I enjoyed the game very much but I would really like to see what else the developer of Rolando has up his sleeve. If we remember that Neil likened this guy to Miyamoto, well Miyamoto was always very careful to space out his sequels and develop new innovative games in the spaces between. I just hope the dev is not a one trick pony.

  • http://www.MoreBluSky.com Sense Field

    Do we really want three Rolando games in a single year? I just fear that they are going to kill the franchise like Sega did to sonic.

    I enjoyed the game very much but I would really like to see what else the developer of Rolando has up his sleeve. If we remember that Neil likened this guy to Miyamoto, well Miyamoto was always very careful to space out his sequels and develop new innovative games in the spaces between. I just hope the dev is not a one trick pony.

  • arn

    @Sense Field. I think the iPhone market is very very different in terms of comparing it to sequels on another platform. Rolando is old news now and it's only 3 months old. things move fast in the app store.

  • arn

    @Sense Field. I think the iPhone market is very very different in terms of comparing it to sequels on another platform. Rolando is old news now and it's only 3 months old. things move fast in the app store.

  • MartiNZ

    I agree. As with a lot of iPhone games, once you have unlocked and completed everything there is to unlock and complete, the desire to replay goes down very quickly. I guess this is partly because your progress is saved forever (or until you restore the iDevice), as opposed to having to start from scratch each time in the old console days.

    The model they're using, releasing bonus levels in rather quick fashion, makes a lot of sense - people won't forget about the game, and will go back to try the new levels, and then will be all over the sequels when they come.

  • MartiNZ

    I agree. As with a lot of iPhone games, once you have unlocked and completed everything there is to unlock and complete, the desire to replay goes down very quickly. I guess this is partly because your progress is saved forever (or until you restore the iDevice), as opposed to having to start from scratch each time in the old console days.

    The model they're using, releasing bonus levels in rather quick fashion, makes a lot of sense - people won't forget about the game, and will go back to try the new levels, and then will be all over the sequels when they come.

  • Jackson

    Wow! Ngmocco is really going all out with their games.

  • Jackson

    Wow! Ngmocco is really going all out with their games.

  • Kultist

    Hmm sounds like announcing more than what you think you can milk from the cow, which is already pretty much dried out from the first game. Can't create enough hype by just announcing part 2? Announce part 3 in the same breath!

  • Kultist

    Hmm sounds like announcing more than what you think you can milk from the cow, which is already pretty much dried out from the first game. Can't create enough hype by just announcing part 2? Announce part 3 in the same breath!

  • GreyDawn

    Great news on everything Rolando.

  • GreyDawn

    Great news on everything Rolando.

  • Mr. Poops

    ALL HAIL ROLANDO!
    i dont think putting out 3 in a year is bad for smaller mobile games like this. however, when franchises like guitar hero crank out $60+ abortions multiple times a year, they get pretty bad

  • Mr. Poops

    ALL HAIL ROLANDO!
    i dont think putting out 3 in a year is bad for smaller mobile games like this. however, when franchises like guitar hero crank out $60+ abortions multiple times a year, they get pretty bad

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  • Capone

    New rumours directly from GDC!

    A guy called "the next Miyamoto" announced the following games, which all will appear within the next weeks:

    Rolando Bros.
    Rolando Bros: The Lost Levels
    Rolando Bros. 2
    Rolando Bros. 3
    Super Rolando World
    Super Rolando World 2
    Super Rolando 64
    Super Rolando Sunshine
    Super Paper Rolando
    Super Rolando Galaxy

    ;-)

    • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

      LMAO!

  • Capone

    New rumours directly from GDC!

    A guy called "the next Miyamoto" announced the following games, which all will appear within the next weeks:

    Rolando Bros.
    Rolando Bros: The Lost Levels
    Rolando Bros. 2
    Rolando Bros. 3
    Super Rolando World
    Super Rolando World 2
    Super Rolando 64
    Super Rolando Sunshine
    Super Paper Rolando
    Super Rolando Galaxy

    ;-)

    • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

      LMAO!

  • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

    Does anyone know what this zeebo thing is?

  • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

    Does anyone know what this zeebo thing is?

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  • James (BulletDev)

    :P Rolando 3 already!?!

  • James (BulletDev)

    :P Rolando 3 already!?!

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  • David Galvan

    I'm a bit confused: why are they adding 3 level-pack updates to Rolando? If they are just trying to amp-up the existing Rolando owners to get them re-interested in buying Rolando 2, then why don't they wait to do the level-additions until right before the Rolando 2 release?

    Not that I can complain. I own Rolando, and will happily take the added value of more free levels for the game I already purchased. I just don't see what this does for NGmoco in the short term. In the long term, it certainly builds credibility and convinces potential buyers that ngmoco takes care of their customers and adds value to their games (similar to the fieldrunners updates, I suppose), but in the short term it must cost money to pay programers to design new levels. . .

  • David Galvan

    I'm a bit confused: why are they adding 3 level-pack updates to Rolando? If they are just trying to amp-up the existing Rolando owners to get them re-interested in buying Rolando 2, then why don't they wait to do the level-additions until right before the Rolando 2 release?

    Not that I can complain. I own Rolando, and will happily take the added value of more free levels for the game I already purchased. I just don't see what this does for NGmoco in the short term. In the long term, it certainly builds credibility and convinces potential buyers that ngmoco takes care of their customers and adds value to their games (similar to the fieldrunners updates, I suppose), but in the short term it must cost money to pay programers to design new levels. . .

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  • Jim

    Oh, Rolando is going all the Matrix on us.

  • Jim

    Oh, Rolando is going all the Matrix on us.

  • Ahiru

    oh no, rolando was already over-hyped, and now there's gonna be 3 of it?
    i really hope they really do some improvements (a.k.a sequel) instead of doing more of the same...
    i liked it but it's one of lots of games i haven't felt the urge to play it till the end... at least they shouted it - no hiding and then ta-daa ROLANDO 2!! that would be even worse...

  • Ahiru

    oh no, rolando was already over-hyped, and now there's gonna be 3 of it?
    i really hope they really do some improvements (a.k.a sequel) instead of doing more of the same...
    i liked it but it's one of lots of games i haven't felt the urge to play it till the end... at least they shouted it - no hiding and then ta-daa ROLANDO 2!! that would be even worse...

  • Dudehuge

    They are providing free level updates, stop the whining people. Jeez.

  • Dudehuge

    They are providing free level updates, stop the whining people. Jeez.

  • Adam

    Free level updates make early adopters get more value out of the game and entices others who didnt shell out early to pick up a title that maybe was not large enough before. Regardless, it keeps the game in headlines four extra times PER GAME! Brilliant. Also, they don't piss off current users by charging them for DLC, so everyone stays happy. Go Hand Circus!!!

    As far as why not roll em all into one game, I think its been shown that people are more bitchy about paying for DLC versus sequels. Lets be honest though, with 56 levels, it can be considered a legit sequel in my book.

  • Adam

    Free level updates make early adopters get more value out of the game and entices others who didnt shell out early to pick up a title that maybe was not large enough before. Regardless, it keeps the game in headlines four extra times PER GAME! Brilliant. Also, they don't piss off current users by charging them for DLC, so everyone stays happy. Go Hand Circus!!!

    As far as why not roll em all into one game, I think its been shown that people are more bitchy about paying for DLC versus sequels. Lets be honest though, with 56 levels, it can be considered a legit sequel in my book.

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  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    I don't know if it's possible for me to fall in love with a dev team, but I think I just did. I think that it's great that they're dedicating this much time and effort to developing beautiful, classy games for the iDevice - even if you're not a fan of the games or genre themselves, everyone must agree that more companies should follow their examples of quality.

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    I don't know if it's possible for me to fall in love with a dev team, but I think I just did. I think that it's great that they're dedicating this much time and effort to developing beautiful, classy games for the iDevice - even if you're not a fan of the games or genre themselves, everyone must agree that more companies should follow their examples of quality.

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  • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

    What's with all the spam?

  • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

    What's with all the spam?

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  • HobbsCanuck

    Wow. This is wicked. I just bought Rolando, even though Rolando 2 will be out in two months, but the level packs will be great. I feel like ngmoco is trying to make a franchise out of this. Anyways, the game is awesome, and I can't wait. I just hope Rolando 2 & 3 aren't released for 10 bucks at the start.

  • HobbsCanuck

    Wow. This is wicked. I just bought Rolando, even though Rolando 2 will be out in two months, but the level packs will be great. I feel like ngmoco is trying to make a franchise out of this. Anyways, the game is awesome, and I can't wait. I just hope Rolando 2 & 3 aren't released for 10 bucks at the start.

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