Gameloft and Discovery Bay (a Duo Games label) have teamed up to bring the first dual stick controller officially approved by apple for the iOS platform. The controller will cost $79.99 USD and comes with a stand to make the iPad or iPhone feel more “console like”. It runs on two AA batteries featuring four face buttons, two sticks and shoulder buttons. In addition to controller support for Order and Chaos Online, it will also launch optimized with 4 other gamelofts titles including Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 3, Order & Chaos Online, Brothers in Arms 2 and N.O.V.A. 3. Duo Games promised further support in the future. Mike Sievert, CEP of Duo Games claims “We’ve worked closely with Gameloft to ensure that Duo Gamer is optimized to the fullest extent for their rich, immersive game apps”.
The potential for this is huge for both Order & Chaos Online and the iOS platform in general when you consider the ability to stream the game to a TV over airplay. Very quickly this could begin to compete as some kind of baby console for those you don’t need a whole console solution such as the xbox or ps3. Given that apple is not only allowing the controller, but selling it in its own stores is obviously a sign that they are thinking the same thing. Very interesting times ahead in the game space.
What do you think? I for one can’t wait to be able to run around Haradon grinding on dailies without having to touch the screen all the time. Let us know in the comments!
Look for hands on impressions of the device soon.
Update: IGN has a video of it in action over at IGN.COM