Gaming Achievement Service OpenFeint Getting Plug Pulled
The mobile achievements provider, OpenFeint, recently announced that it will be shutting down its service on December 14th. The cross-platform service was available in a number of iOS and Android games, including Fruit Ninja, Tiny Wings, Robot Unicorn Attack, and many more. The service is now being discontinued in favor of GREE, the service of OpenFeint’s new parent company.
While it’s likely that developers of the service’s most popular games will make the transition quite easily, other games that utilize OpenFeint may not necessarily have the resources to update the game to the new service. OpenFeint even went as far as stating that certain games will end up featuring a “poor player experience” after December 14th if the games aren’t updated.
The folks over at TouchArcade
pointed out that developers who had previously been relying on OpenFeint will need to retrofit all of their apps that utilize the SDK and change all of the code that referenced the social gaming service. The information needs to be replaced by either Apple's Game Center, or even GREE's new similar service, which was recently announced. The news still comes as a big surprise due to hwo quickly the end for the OpenFeint service has appeared and furthermore, how little notice OpenFeint developers were given.
On the consumer end, not much has really changed. Users that currently use OpenFeint to store their user information, including achievement points and friends, will have their info transferred over to GREE if they choose to create an account with the new service. As mentioned before, certain games might not be as fun to play, especially if the developers don't go back and make the necessary changes to make features useable but that's about it.