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Play Bastion on Chrome

The XBLA/PC game can now be played straight in your browser.

Google's new "Native Client" technology allows high-end programs to run directly from the Chrome browser window. Many developers can use this to allow programs that normally would need to run off of a computer directly to run off an internet browser, which is more flexible. Furthermore, Chrome will store your game saves in the cloud, allowing you to pick up and play the game from a Chrome browser on any computer, with any operating system.

Supergiant Games is now using this technology to let Chrome users play Bastion, their hit XBLA and PC Action RPG title. Interested players can try the game out by downloading it from the Chrome App Store. Those impressed by both the performance and the game itself can now purchase it for $14.99. Given that the game code is only being executed through the browser platform, you'll still need a fairly powerful PC to play the game.


 

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Stanton Daries Staff Alumnus

12/09/2011 at 10:19 AM

This really raises a question on the future of PC gaming, as hardware becomes more powerful what level of game can be played in a browser? Really curious to see what they can put in there.

Nick DiMola Director

12/09/2011 at 10:34 AM

I love how this is operating system agnostic. Linux stalwarts MUST be excited. Even Mac users are getting yet another option, though Steam has already provided some great in roads.

@Stanton

I too wonder exactly how this is working and what can truly be done within the native client. Bastion can't possibly be running on Direct X, can it? I mean, maybe it is, and Chrome is offering up the necessary drivers remotely so that the game can run on any platform. If that's not the case, I'd imagine these games are going to be pretty limited for now.

Stanton Daries Staff Alumnus

12/09/2011 at 10:53 AM

Well I know Chrome has implemented some crazy OpenGL stuff recently, gotten a lot of press on it. I guess the big question is how much of the game do you have to "install" as an extension. I imagine eventually a critical mass would be reached

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

12/09/2011 at 11:34 AM

This opinion makes me old, but I would still rather own this in physical form.

Here's my million dollar idea: Nintendo should throw this on the 3DS. Imagine how cool it would be to see the world actually forming around you in 3D. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

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