Adobe have revealed that Flash 11 will hit the web in “early October”, and will push 3D content as a major feature as the company gear up to position themselves as a major force in web gaming. Air 3 will also launch fully in October, though both Flash 11 and Air 3 are currently available in release candidate versions.
While HTML5 seems to be the future of web developing (a technology Adobe are increasingly supporting) the company are hoping that developers will be drawn to Flash 11 thanks to its 3D content creation suite, Stage 3D.
“Today, approximately 70 per cent of web games are powered by Flash, along with 9 of the top 10 games on Facebook, about 70 per cent of the games on Google+, and the top social games from companies like Zynga and EA,” reads a post on the Adobe blog.
“Games at their best are fluid, immersive experiences, and the unmatched consistency of Flash Player allows game developers to focus on making great games rather than fight fragmented technology.
“Games just play. And play big: Flash Player brings an audience over 11 times larger than that of the best-selling current generation game console… Flash Player 11 is the next-generation console for the web.”
Other features set for inclusion in Flash 11 and Air 3 include native 64-bit support for Mac, Windows and Linux browsers, and improved Air 3 extensions to help make for swifter “one-click” app installs on Android, Windows, and Mac OS.