announces that Phase 3 of the Impulse digital distribution
platform is now live, offering a new user interface, new features, and new
developer tools. Here's the list of new features:
1. The Impulse
client has had its user interface significantly improved and updated with
features such as player rankings, achievements, intelligent match-making, and
more. It also includes a new tray application that lets users track friends,
receive update notifications, and much more.
2. The beta of Impulse Anywhere, a new web-based method for users whose
home Internet connections are non-ideal to download their software on another
machine, take the files home and install them.
3. The release of Impulse Reactor, a development platform that lets users
add many new features to their games without having to re-distribute a
third-party client (i.e. users don’t have to distribute the Impulse client).
Impulse Reactor includes features such as intelligent match-making, multiplayer
tournament support, NAT negotiation, friend lists, rankings, community features
and much more. Gas Powered Games’ much anticipated PC game, Demigod, is being
released next week and makes full use of Impulse Reactor.
4. Impulse Reactor Overlay, an in-game overlay that lets users instantly
access chat, friends lists, profile data, micro-expansions, and more. Demigod
will also be the first title to make full use of this.
5. Game Object Obfuscation (Goo) - An alternative method for developers
to protect their intellectual property. Goo allows developers to associate
licenses with people rather than their PCs which will eliminate the issue of
“limited activations”. It also provides the underpinnings to support vendor
neutral software downloads and transferring of licenses.