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Rumours suggest Zynga will announce Unreal-powered 'mid-core' games

Rumours suggest Zynga will announce Unreal-powered 'mid-core' games
Given its share price (NASDAQ:ZNGA) continues on the way down, commentators are keenly anticipating the next games from Zynga.

And according to multiple sources, it seems the company is refocusing for its future slate.

Although it won't be announcing them at E3 - the company is working on building up its publishing business at the show - it's expected that at least two new games will be announced later in the summer.

Raising the stakes

According to Colin Sebastian of private equity group Baird Equity (quoted by Gamasutra), these will include 'mid-core' titles that will appeal to a broader audience of gamers - notably a younger and more male audience.

Other companies targeting this very hot space include Glu, Kabam, Storm8, Machine Zone, Supercell and the now GREE-owned Funzio.

Zynga is also expected to announce sequels to existing franchises, such as FarmVille.

However, an even more intriguing rumour has been making the rounds. It seems Zynga has licensed the Unreal Engine, suggesting these games will be a significant step up in graphical quality compared to its typically isometric sprite-based titles.
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