Ambitious San Francisco startup N3TWORK has decloaked, launching its debut game, an Apple Watch title called Mafia Watch.
Despite the relative failure of Apple's wearable as a gaming platform to-date, N3TWORK reckons that the game's lightweight gameplay combined with a deep MMORPGs meta-game - and the new native functionality of Watch OS2 - will find and engage a new audience.
One key element is short PVP missions for items, something described as a PVP Collect and Protect mechanic.
More generally, the game also uses more lateral social element such Siri dictation and message shortcuts to collaborate and communicate with in-game and Facebook friends, as well as interacting with other players to complete missions.
N3TWORK labels its approach 'ultra mobile gaming'.
"With Mafia Watch, I wanted to create a game that built off of our daily rhythm of interactions with Apple Watch, something that had great gameplay but that could be played 20 times a day instead of just a couple" said designer and producer Takeshi Otsuka, who also designed Japanese F2P hit Kaito Royal.
"We've eliminated long play sessions by creating a game that gives players the ability to engage, have fun, progress and move on with their everyday lives in the matter of moments."