This morning, Plain Vanilla, Inc. and Gateway Apps, LLC have announced plans to bring QuizUp (QuizUp.com) to Windows and Windows Phone as a universal app. The release is timed with an expected major update to QuizUp for Android and iOS due sometime this year.
More importantly, we are told that the Windows versions include all the features found on competitor platforms with the addition of Live Tiles to make the experience more personal. Cross platform play with Android and iOS is also a planned feature.
QuizUp was previously close to a release on Windows Phone last year, but the project was postponed. It now looks like the company behind the game (Plain Vanilla, Inc) was waiting for a more appropriate time to re-launch the game with a feature refresh and taking advantage of universal programming libraries for Windows. Exact details of the QuizUp update for iOS, Android and Windows have not yet been revealed.
About Gateway Apps
Development of the Windows and Windows Phone versions is being outsourced to Gateway Apps, led by developer Daniel Gary. Gary originally came to Plain Vanilla's attention when he publicly teased his own QuizUp client for Windows Phone in early 2014. Other creations for Windows Phone made by Gary include Instance (the first native Instagram client) and a Snapchat client (ChatSnap). Later, his company Gateway Apps made the official NOAA Hi-Def Radar apps, worked with the Slack team to jumpstart their Windows Phone app and developed a few others that we cannot mention.
There is no ETA for QuizUp for Windows and Windows Phone though we are told that the project is fast-tracked and development has already started. Release for Microsoft's platforms should be "within weeks" of the iOS and Android versions, making this an excellent nab for Microsoft.
QuizUp is a very popular iOS quiz game that lets friends compete against each other in real-time. Not only can you play against friends, but you can play against strangers and rank up points. Another great feature in QuizUp is that those games don't have to be played in real-time.
QuizUp has a reported 32 million users they managed to raise $26 million from venture capital investments in 2014. However, Trivia Crack, a similar Trivial Pursuit style game, is quickly gaining ground on QuizUp having become one of the top downloads in the US and UK in recent months.
Windows Central will keep you posted on the development of QuizUp for Windows and Windows Phone in the coming months. Possible teasers and sneak peeks are very likely. Stay tuned!