iPhone 5拥有更长，更薄以及更轻的机身，并拥有更加强大的处理器能够更完善地呈现出游戏。但是iPhone 5最有趣的功能并不包含于其中，也并非源自这一新型硬件。而是澳大利亚开发商FireMonkeys（由Firemind和Iron Monkeys所合并）在最新游戏《真实赛车3》中所创造的时间转移多人游戏机制。
本质上来看，异步或回合制多人游戏的进步很早就出现于一些热门游戏上了（游戏邦注：如《Words With Friends》和《Hero Academy》），这与当前新手机中的全新内部结构便毫无关系。这便是手机游戏的发展方向，在此我们将从《真实赛车3》的执行制作人Rob Murray口中了解到更多内容。
我们很喜欢iPhone 5这一更大且更宽的屏幕规格。除此之外，其屏幕显示也变得更加真实。基于这一规格和颜色设置，当玩家在iPhone 5上玩《真实赛车 3》之类的游戏时便会更具有真实感。
Why Real Racing 3′s ‘time shifted multiplayer’ is kind of a big deal
by Joe Osborne
The iPhone 5 is taller, thinner, lighter and has a powerful new processor that makes games look gorgeous. You already know this. But perhaps the most interesting feature of the iPhone 5 isn’t exclusive to it at all, or even its new hardware. It’s something that Australian developer FireMonkeys (formerly Firemint and Iron Monkeys) has developed all on its own in its newest game, Real Racing 3: time shifted multiplayer.
Essentially an advancement of the asynchronous or turn-based multiplayer found in hits like Words With Friends and Hero Academy, this is something that would have happened regardless of the fancy new innards of the newest phones. Arguably, it’s where mobile gaming is headed, and we caught up with Real Racing 3 executive producer Rob Murray to learn more.
What was it like working with the new iPhone 5 in terms of its new screen size?
The larger, wider screen on the new iPhone 5 is a joy to work with. It’s not just larger and wider, but it is a much richer looking screen. With a game like Real Racing 3 you get to see more of the action due to the wider screen and the richer colors improve the realism.
What are some of the more nuanced advantages of working with the iPhone 5 than the previous generation?
I think the wide screen is quite subtle as are the richer colors. The lighter device is a subtle advantage, particularly when holding it for long periods or playing with one hand.
Can you explain the new “time-shifted” or asynchronous multiplayer in Real Racing 3 in more detail? How exactly does it work?
Time Shifted Multiplayer is a new form of social gaming experience. It is built on proprietary technology first revealed in Real Racing 3 during the iPhone 5 keynote. It combines the excitement and immersion of real time multiplayer with the convenience and practicality of turn by turn games.
With Time Shifted Multiplayer, I can challenge my opponent on one day to a race, and then they can race me the next. My opponent will see me in the race and compete against me as though I was there. They are not competing against a ghost-they are competing against my time shifted double. By colliding with my double or even just forcing me off the racing line, they can actually impact my race time.
So my double will play for me against my friends, and it will seek to match my skill level in the races it plays for me. The better my time in the race, the more skillful my double will play when it seeks to emulate me. Given all the same conditions in the race, my double will achieve the same race time that I set. However every race day is different, so the race is not won on my time alone. No cheating, no ghosts, just real racing against your friends.
This is a play style normally reserved for the casual group and Facebook games, so why bring it to an arguably “hardcore” game?
We think that the play style, specifically the way we have implemented, is actually closer to synchronous multiplayer. We think that we are making synchronous multiplayer more convenient. At the same time we are making asynchronous multiplayer more interactive. We don’t think it is a play style that is reserved for a particular audience, we just see it as a play style that provides a great balance of convenience and interactivity…it is super social in that sense.
Do you foresee this kind of play style becoming the de facto mode of multiplayer for mobile games?
We aim to use variations of Time Shifted Multiplayer across a number of titles in the future. We think it is an awesome way to play multiplayer, so it could become the de facto standard for a generation of gamers that want the multiplayer experience, but want it at their convenience.(source:games.com)