Back at Mobile World Congress, held in early February in Barcelona this year, Fish Labs was showing off some incredible looking version of Galaxy on Fire 2 [$9.99] running on Nvidia's Android-based Tegra 2 devices. Here's the demo video of the graphical tech they were showing off, which admittedly was much more impressive when you saw it running on an actual device:

Per the latest press release to come out of Fish Labs, it sounds like they've taken this Tegra 2 version, and turned the graphics up to 11 for the Mac and the iPad 2. Now for the bad news, Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD will be a brand new game on the App Store, and won't be an update to the existing game. A Fish Labs post in our forums explains this is to solve issues like being able to show the high-resolution screenshots without confusing people, not forcing all non-iPad 2 owners to keep an extra 800MB of unutilized graphical assets on their device, prevent game save inconsistency, and it will allow them to price/update each version individually.

Here's the good news: This new version of the game looks awesome:

For the rest of the screenshots (and there are a bunch) head over to the Fish Labs site. This Fully HD version of the game is expected to launch this fall, and I can't wait to play through the whole thing again on my iPad 2.

  • Tower_Defender

    Hmmm since it is a different game, will the save files still transfer from the universal ipod/ipad version?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

      Over on ta's lounge they said not likely but over on their site's forums they said yes.
      /shrug

  • http://erikveland.com ErikVeland

    Err. Being half way through the game I'm not sure I'd want to rebuy this game just to replay it. Why no in game purchase?

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      Because an in game purchase means you need to be online each time you attempt to use such a purchase (because of the validation)... meaning that users won't be able to play it without an internet connection.

  • LR

    So many games lately are being updated or re-released in an HD version that requires another purchase.  If this trend continues, devs run the risk of losing their early adopters.  Forking over another 9.99 for the same game is a f-ing joke and an insult.  There is absolutely no excuse for it.

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      It isn't the same game, look at the screenshots, compare it with the existing version. They share the same plot, but that's it.

      It'd be like you want to get the PS3 version of a game just because you purchased its PS2 counterpart.

      • LR

        Dude are you serious? It's called galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD because it's the SAME GAME. If it was a new game it would be called Galaxy on Fire 3.

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        Yes yes it is called the same way because it is the same title, but you can't say it's the same game... it'd be like saying java galaxy on fire 2 and ios galaxy on fire 2 are the same... they are the same title, but ios version is hugely superior, despite featuring the same items and ships... nobody forces you to pay for the new version... it is just improved for the iPad 2... try to see the analogy with the PS2 and PS3

  • Anonymous

    Wish it came out for the mac
    Edit; I guess i should of read the whole article. looks like it's coming out for the mac

    • NotAnon

      I take it you didn't read more than 3 words of the headlines?

  • HisDivineOrder

    No iAP option for current users with a lower price?  Wow.  Not willing to pay full price over again for the same game.  Lame.

  • HisDivineOrder

    No iAP option for current users with a lower price?  Wow.  Not willing to pay full price over again for the same game.  Lame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

      Feels like the final fantasy 3 'suprise here's the ipad version now pay for it again' fiasco.

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      iAP for this kind of content isn't the ideal. It also isn't the same game, read above.

      It'd be like comparing the PS3 version of some game with the PS2 one... it took money to create the boosted PS3 visuals

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    "prevent game save inconsistency"

    This must be a joke. This means, that the story or savegame format between iPhone and iPad are not identical or that they simply do not bother.

    This must especially be a joke because currently I would expect such big games to sync via Dropbox, Plus+ or OpenFeint and in a few months via iCloud. And it gets even more funny, because this means, that when you buy the Mac version, you must play the game for a third time, instead of to just continue where you left on your iPhone.

    Epic missed chance.

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      The game can transfer save games from iPhone to iPad and vice versa through open feint. The problem is that the current (universal) version also features an add-on called valkyrie, while this fullhd version won't feature it, at first. Consistency with the save game is meant for those who own the valkyrie expansion, since this new version will not have it.

      • Anonymous

        Wait, it's called "Full HD" but it doesn't support the add on? Wow...

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        Well, it takes money to create stuff.. The tegra 2 version doesn't feature the add on either, despite nvidia paying them for porting the game... because the devs didn't even get their initial inversion back yet, it'd be suicide to put money you don't have to expand something you didn't even made a profit out of yet

        BTW: that's why it is called GOF2... if it was called GOF2 Valkyrie FullHD, then you could complain... otherwise, what's all your trolling about? Thought so.

      • Mech89

        Are you a shill for fishlabs or what?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Just someone with a functioning brain it seems.

  • Come on people!

    Finished the iPhone game. No freaking way I'm shelling out 10 bucks for better graphics and the same game. Make it cheaper for an in-app purchase for those of us WHO HAVE ALREADY F'ING SUPPORTED YOU BY BUYING THE GAME!

  • andrzej raczynski

    agree, same game with higher res seems like a milk job.

  • Relytgninroht

    This game is prolly one of my favorite games on my iPod. They should bring it to steam too, cause I wouldn't mind giving it another playthrough with better graphics

  • Awesome

    graphics are like oh mah gawd.
    when gonna build a new pc i might install both mac and windows to it, because of this game
    i  have finished it in 3-4+ times, and valkyrie is epic
    they should port it, but mac= iphone dev and mac=mac dev

  • Guest

    Anybody else think that the storyline was a bit too short? 

  • Anonymous

    don't mind to pay full for higher res graphics.but i like the idea of lower price IAP for us early adopter. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

    Looking forward to it. While i have played the first Version of Galaxy on Fire 2 i haven`t finished it yet so i can stop playing it right now and wait for the HD Version. It`s sad that we don`t get a Discount since i have already bought every IAP of the first Version. Buying those again isn`t what i was expecting from Fishlab just to get the HD Textures.

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      It isn't higher textures only, it's new models with higher polygon count built from the ground up. More visual effects have been included (judging by what they say in their PR), so it's like they re made the entire thing, but better. Higher polygon count, higher textures, more effects... I'm guessing audio has been improved as well.

      • Anonymous

        It's official, Lucas works for Fishlabs.

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        Huh? me working for them? Well... no... I don't, not even with them. I am an active reader here at toucharcade and a fan from the company. I happened to actually read the press release, and come on, I started to reply to people who apparently didn't... don't you ever reply to people on the internet when you see stuff they don't and are talking of a topic that interests you? Apparently not, and I guess I can't do it either without being accused of an employee.

        Just FYI, I don't even have this game on my iPod despite a friend gifting it to me because I never got to finish it and I never really got into it... all what I am saying here was  just common sense... I guess I'll leave the company real employees do the work they are paid for rather than doing it myself and being insulted while doing it. 

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        Huh? me working for them? Well... no... I don't, not even with them. I am an active reader here at toucharcade and a fan from the company. I happened to actually read the press release, and come on, I started to reply to people who apparently didn't... don't you ever reply to people on the internet when you see stuff they don't and are talking of a topic that interests you? Apparently not, and I guess I can't do it either without being accused of an employee.

        Just FYI, I don't even have this game on my iPod despite a friend gifting it to me because I never got to finish it and I never really got into it... all what I am saying here was  just common sense... I guess I'll leave the company real employees do the work they are paid for rather than doing it myself and being insulted while doing it. 

    • http://www.fishlabs.net Michael Schade

      We'd love to give anyone a discount how already purchased the standard version but there's no reasonable way to do that within the App Store.

      • Systemx

        GoF2 has GameCenter. They should make the full HD game free in the app store with an IAP linked to Game Center users. GC user with standard GoF2 pays a discounted price and GC with no GoF2 history pays full price.

        Or use some sort of login registration to manage the payment methods. There are lots of ways to slice it up if they really wanted to.

        There is no way I would repay for the same game plot and pay again for the expansion at full price. Assuming the better graphic is the same price point it will probably be priced even higher.

  • http://twitter.com/teknikal69 P Allen

    I like Galaxy of Fire 2 a lot I think it's one of the best games on IOS, it is however much to short to be taken very seriously on a MAC even with the addon it's still much much to short.
    I still recommend it highly despite that.

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      I guess that's why it will cost so much much less than a standard console or pc game.

    • Anonymous

      Game took me about 9 hours to finish with the add-on pack. That's still pretty good for a mac game. Even 6 hours is ok for a 360/ps3 console game these days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maximilian-Schafer/100001077833706 Maximilian Schäfer

    The question is how the Ipad2 Version of GoF2FullHD will lock like? I don´t think it will lock as good as this screenshots. I think these are from the mac Version.

  • Anonymous

    It's shameful the developer wasn't upfront about this from the beginning. They should have let it's fanbase know they're releasing a full HD version awhile ago. But I guess this way they know they can get it's fans to idiotically fork over more money for a game we already paid for not too long ago, plus would have to repurchase the add-on story we already paid for.

    Why not have us download an HD pack for those of us that would like to utilize the better graphics? Some iPhone games like Mega Jump do this and downloads the extra retina graphics for those that want it. Unfortunately this way, we would have to rebuy bot only the game, but rebuy the addon pack as well. Horrible and shameful way to treat your customers.

  • Anonymous

    As an owner of Galaxy on Fire 1 & 2, I'll be avoiding the developer after this stunt.  I was just about to purchase Valkyrie last night.  Pass.

  • Anonymous

    Uh-oh. Looks like mobile computers are powerful enough now that developers can fall into the trap of confusing graphics with actual content.

    • LR

      ha!  so true.

  • Wlw72

    Much like the movie industry with dvd/blu-ray. Lots of double dipping...

    • http://www.fishlabs.net Michael Schade

      you guys realize that it this is NOT like the movie industry where they just push a button to create a blu-ray disk selling the same content for a higher price whereas we have spent more than a more man year to create this new level of quality, don't you?

    • http://www.fishlabs.net Michael Schade

      you guys realize that it this is NOT like the movie industry where they just push a button to create a blu-ray disk selling the same content for a higher price whereas we have spent more than a more man year to create this new level of quality, don't you?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Of course not!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Of course not!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Of course not!

      • Anonymous

        Just a question, since you seem to work for the company... Did you not expect this kind of backlash? Did you think that spending a year on a graphical update instead of a new game would rake in as much cash?

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        I think he is the CEO

      • Anonymous

        Hey, I'll buy it.  But I never brought the first game and am new to Apple products with the iPad2.  I've always thought about it, but the updated app will make it a certainty.  Updating the textures and polygons is more for keeping it updated to keep it a desirable purchase for years to come, rather than fading away over time like many good 3D games that never updated as new devices came out.  GoF2 is a game that sells itself on looking sexy and they can't do that as it starts to look dated.  Anyway, the screenshots look awesome but even the current game look good.

      • Systemx

        @ Michael Schade, if you do work for Fish Labs your sarcastic response is not a customer friendly one.

        You do realize that majority of the complaints here are the uninformed consumer base not the fact that there is a separate version of the same game. No one is complaining that the game will exist but rather how you informed them of it's existence.
        You built up a fan base and now you alienated them by not informing them of this work. I think your approach here will have a cannibalistic effect on your sales of the Full HD version. Since much of your fan base bought the original many of them will not find it worthwhile to go back and purchase the same product just more beautified.
        If you had informed the public of this effort 6 months ago you would have enabled the fans to get excited about the upcoming Full HD. Some would perhaps even be more willing to spend money on both from their excitement to try the game before the Full HD was released.

        Bottom line, if you knew you were doing this a year ago then failure on informing the consumers earlier is just a clear and obvious attempt to gouge as much as you can for your bottom line. If you make a GoF3 you might discover that you will not have as many early adopters.

      • Anonymous

        I don't know, I consider myself very informed and I'm unhappy that there is a separate version of the same game, especially considering the original is universal and works on all platforms.

    • http://www.fishlabs.net Michael Schade

      you guys realize that it this is NOT like the movie industry where they just push a button to create a blu-ray disk selling the same content for a higher price whereas we have spent more than a more man year to create this new level of quality, don't you?

  • Wlw72

    Much like the movie industry with dvd/blu-ray. Lots of double dipping...

  • Anonymous

    The new graphics look amazing and I might have even paid $9.99 for a download pack of new models and textures, but I'm not buying a new version of the game that doesn't transfer saves or the expansion pack. 

    Everyone keeps making the argument that this is like having a brand new game on a new console, but guess what? This game is already out on this console. I bought this for my iPad last year! The reality is it's more like when George Lucas comes out with yet another remastered version of Star Wars. Sure, it's pretty, but only the die-hard crazies and newcomers are going to buy yet another copy of the movie they already have for the same device they already have it on. Everybody else groans and tries to ignore it.

  • Anonymous

    The new graphics look amazing and I might have even paid $9.99 for a download pack of new models and textures, but I'm not buying a new version of the game that doesn't transfer saves or the expansion pack. 

    Everyone keeps making the argument that this is like having a brand new game on a new console, but guess what? This game is already out on this console. I bought this for my iPad last year! The reality is it's more like when George Lucas comes out with yet another remastered version of Star Wars. Sure, it's pretty, but only the die-hard crazies and newcomers are going to buy yet another copy of the movie they already have for the same device they already have it on. Everybody else groans and tries to ignore it.

  • Anonymous

    The new graphics look amazing and I might have even paid $9.99 for a download pack of new models and textures, but I'm not buying a new version of the game that doesn't transfer saves or the expansion pack. 

    Everyone keeps making the argument that this is like having a brand new game on a new console, but guess what? This game is already out on this console. I bought this for my iPad last year! The reality is it's more like when George Lucas comes out with yet another remastered version of Star Wars. Sure, it's pretty, but only the die-hard crazies and newcomers are going to buy yet another copy of the movie they already have for the same device they already have it on. Everybody else groans and tries to ignore it.