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Release 2.9.0: V-Play Multiplayer Launch

By Michael

V-Play Multiplayer is officially released.

Following its successful beta release, you can now access V-Play Multiplayer when you update V-Play – even as a free user. This new feature can be integrated into your game with less than 100 lines of code!

V-Play Multiplayer allows you to create real-time and turn-based multiplayer games for all supported V-Play platforms. This includes iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. You can also enjoy an intelligent matchmaking system with ELO rating, an interactive chat feature, push notifications, cloud synchronization of player profiles & many social features.

V-Play Multiplayer has already been used to launch a successful 4-player card game, ONU, developed internally by V-Play. ONU has been available on the App Store and Google Play Store since the beginning of July and has garnered 100,000+ downloads within the first 3 weeks of its release. This is thanks to the multiplayer feature and word-of-mouth marketing. The player retention rates and engagement metrics are also way above industry standards, thanks to the multiplayer features.

The full source code for ONU, based on the popular card game UNO, is available for free in the V-Play SDK. As a developer, you can use the full source code as a best practice for multiplayer integration and create your own multiplayer games within a few days.

 

To get V-Play Multiplayer, update to the latest version of V-Play or download it here for free!

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Real-Time & Turn-Based Multiplayer Support

V-Play Multiplayer supports both real-time and turn-based gameplay, so you can use it to make many different types of multiplayer games. It’s perfect for making player-vs-player games like ‘Words with Friends’ or games with a large amount of players, such as ‘Clash of Clans’.

Many of the most successful mobile games are intended for a multiplayer audience, such as ‘Draw Something’ and ‘Hay Day’. With V-Play Multiplayer, you can now rival these games and make whatever kind of multiplayer game you like. It’s also perfect for making games like:

  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Quiz Up
  • Pokemon Go
  • NBA Jam
  • Worms 4
  • Modern Combat 4
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition
  • Muffin Knight

Best of all, your multiplayer game will work on iOS, Android and Desktop devices using a single codebase. You can code your game once and publish it anywhere! See the new feature in action here:

Matchmaking & ELO Rating System

V-Play Multiplayer includes a matchmaking feature that allows you to play with your friends or join already running games. It also includes an ELO Rating System that matches players against opponents of a similar skill level to ensure competitive gameplay.

matchmaking

The matchmaking system also helps you to create games with specific opponents, like your friends. This feature is sure to boost your player engagement as players can enjoy regular gameplay with their own friends, as well as millions of players worldwide.

ELO Rating System

The ELO rating system ensures you play with opponents of a similar skill level. This is a great tool for improving your games’ retention rates. With this ELO Rating System in place, players of all levels are guaranteed challenging gameplay for as long as possible. This means you can create a game that continues to entertain weeks after a player’s first engagement.

Social Features: Friend System & Leaderboards

V-Play Multiplayer lets you add your friends or make new friends with players you meet in-game. To make playing with friends easier, you see your friends at the top of the players list when starting a new game.

player selection

You can also compare your highscore with your friend’s in a dedicated Friends leaderboard. The standard leaderboard shows players from all over the world, even on different platforms.

Leaderboard

These leaderboards are sure to increase your retention and engagement rates as players compete against friends and international players to reach the top of the rankings.

Messaging: Interactive Chat & Push Notifications

V-Play Multiplayer features a messaging system so you can chat with your friends, even if they’re not online. This makes it easy to discuss games or arrange future matches. Best of all, V-Play Multiplayer sends Push Notifications to players when they receive new messages. Push Notifications are sent when players receive a game invite or a new friend request. This means your players can engage each other at any time, whether they’re online or not. This is a simple but effective way to boost user engagement within your game.

push notifications

These Push Notifications enable you to use a ‘Late Join’ feature within the matchmaking system. When creating a new game, you can invite your offline friends and begin without waiting. They will receive a Push Notification saying “Let’s Play a Game!” while you play, and they can join you when they’re ready. Once they click the blue play button in the interactive chat, they’ll be brought straight to the game room. Players never need to wait or miss out on the fun again!

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Player Profiles & Cloud Synchronization

V-Play Multiplayer lets you create your own player profile. You can upload a profile picture, set a username and decide if your national flag is displayed. It’s simple to do and no additional logins are required.

Furthermore, all player data, such as high scores or earned achievements, get synced across platforms and devices thanks to built-in cloud synchronization. This enables you to use your player profile across as many devices as you like. So you can start playing a game on your iPad and continue where you left off on your Android phone.

profile

The player profile gives users personalization options and leads to a much improved player experience. As a community builds around your game, it allows players to stand out on leaderboards and create their own in-game identity.

In-Game Chat

V-Play Multiplayer allows players to communicate during gameplay with an in-game chat feature. Players can use it to discuss game results with one another, message their friends or chat about the latest news with people from all over the world, right in a running game.

Chat Window

The in-game chat feature adds a strong social element to any multiplayer game and creates an engaging experience for young and old players alike.

Cross-Platform Multiplayer Compatibility

Just like all V-Play features, V-Play Multiplayer is a cross-platform solution. Your game will work on both iOS and Android devices, but it also means players on iOS devices can play against Android users and vice versa.

Platforms

V-Play Multiplayer also works on Windows Phone and Desktop platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Easy Integration

The V-Play Multiplayer component can be included in your game with less than 100 lines of code. This means you can integrate this feature into your game in less than 10 minutes.

You can use the documentation found here to find out how to add this feature to your game. Just copy and paste the code snippet into the GameWindow of your game to add the V-Play Multiplayer feature!

You can see a preview of the V-Play Multiplayer code and a sample multiplayer application here:

Multiplayer Example Multiplayer Example

 import VPlay 2.0
 import QtQuick 2.0

 GameWindow {
   id: gameWindow

   VPlayGameNetwork {
     id: gameNetwork
     gameId: 285 // create your own gameId in the Web Dashboard
     secret: "AmazinglySecureGameSecret"
     multiplayerItem: multiplayer
   }

   VPlayMultiPlayer {
     id: multiplayer
     appKey: 'dd7f1761-038c-4722-9f94-812d798cecfb'
     gameNetworkItem: gameNetwork
     multiplayerView: multiplayerView
     playerCount: 2
     onGameStarted: { // this signal is emited when the multiplayer game starts
       matchmakingScene.visible = false // hide the matchmaking scene
       gameScene.visible = true // and show the game scene instead
     }
   }

   Scene { // our matchmaking scene
     id: matchmakingScene

     VPlayMultiplayerView { // adds the default multiplayer UI
       id: multiplayerView
     }
   }

   Scene { // our game scene
     id: gameScene
     visible: false // hidden at startup, shown when the multiplayer game starts

     StyledButton {
       anchors.centerIn: parent
       // we use property bindings to check if it's our turn
       enabled: multiplayer.myTurn // enable this button only if it is my turn
       color: multiplayer.myTurn ? "lightgreen" : "grey"
       text: multiplayer.amLeader ? "PING" : "PONG" // host: "PING", player: "PONG"
       onClicked: {
         multiplayer.triggerNextTurn() // finished turn on button click
       }
     }
   }
 }

ONU – Free & Open-Source Multiplayer Example Game

To help make your own multiplayer games, you can take a look at this new game example in the V-Play Sample Launcher and in the free V-Play SDK. ONU is a turn-based card game for up to 4 players and has similar gameplay to the popular card game UNO. This sample will show you how to introduce the V-Play Multiplayer component to your own game.

ONU

You can play ONU and watch the multiplayer features in action, even without downloading the V-Play SDK. It’s available now on the App Store and Google Play.

App Store Google Play

Other Multiplayer Examples

There are more multiplayer examples with full source code available to help you to get started:

You can find these examples in the free V-Play SDK in the folder <Your V-PlaySDK>/Examples/V-Play/examples/multiplayer.

For the full changelog of this release 2.9.0 see here.

 

How to Update

Test out these new features by following these steps
Step 1

Open the V-Play SDK Maintenance Tool in your V-Play SDK directory. Choose “Update components” and finish the update process to get V-Play 2.9.0 as described in the V-Play Update Guide

If you haven’t installed V-Play yet, you can do so now with the latest installer from here.

Step 2

The V-Play Sample Launcher allows you to quickly test and run all the open-source examples and demo apps & games that come with the V-Play SDK, from a single desktop application.

After installing V-Play, you can start the V-Play Sample Launcher from the application shortcut in your V-Play SDK directory.

Sample Launcher-v-play

Now you can explore all of the new features included in V-Play 2.9.0!

 

 

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