Microsoft goes anime with latest IE project, launches Gargantia: Sky Courier

Microsoft loves to showcase its browser in many unique ways and we can't blame them, considering the browser is likely among the most-used application on many computers. So, to show the world that IE is no longer the browser you love to hate, they have been releasing various projects that have traditionally not been built for the web and showcasing them with IE.

This time around, Microsoft is working with Japanese anime studio Production I.G to launch Gargantia: Sky Courier in the browser. While we know not everyone is a fan of anime, this series is one of the most popular in Japan, so it has a loyal (and large) following. 

Sky Courier is an interactive game with two modes, story and mission. As you can see from the screenshot, it sticks to the traditional anime style and should provide fans with hours of enjoyment.

The game was built using the Turbulenz Engine, which is open source, and Microsoft is also putting the code for the game up on GitHub. If you want more technical detail, you can head over to Modern.ie which has a breakdown of the technology and how it was utilized to build this game.

With browsers becoming a more integrated part of the modern workplace and at home, Microsoft has a vested interest in making sure that IE is capable of handling these modern applications. While Microsoft likely hopes that these types of projects show that IE is an extremely capable browser, they are facing strong competition from Google with its Chrome browser.

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hahahaah, worked amazingly well on Opera and now when i refreshed the website it now says:

"Sorry! Your web browser doesn't seem to support WebGL.
Please upgrade to a modern browser like Internet Explorer 11 to start flying!"

Wow, Microsoft really is stupid.

Emil2k said,
hahahaah, worked amazingly well on Opera and now when i refreshed the website it now says:

"Sorry! Your web browser doesn't seem to support WebGL.
Please upgrade to a modern browser like Internet Explorer 11 to start flying!"

Wow, Microsoft really is stupid.

I've seen messages like that on websites telling me to stop using IE because it's 2014 even though the website works just fine in IE11.

Well that just cooked my i7, 80% utilisation across all 8 logical cores up to 78c, 600MB RAM and the frame rate was awful, must have taken 8 minutes for that timer to hit 0.

I do have a large number of tabs open mind...

Enron said,
That's strange because my i7 showed 15% use, 37c, 250 mb ram and ran smoothly.
Very peculiar. Combination of 30+ tabs, 2 active VM's and not running on the primary screen perhaps?

Chrome and Opera don't anymore either. Yes, Blink is partly a fork of WebKit but they'll grow further apart as time goes on. Which is good, everyone using the same engine isn't really beneficial in the long run.

trojan_market said,
I hate to say this but as long as they don't fix IE engine and don't go with WebKit that everybody else is using IE would keep bleeding

Ehh that would be a bad idea, we need some comptetion between engines and IE is not that bad, it supports almost everything now and sometimes even better then chrome or firefox on certain aspects.

ask web developers, 99% of them hate IE and use chrome instead. Now that is what matters the most, because if new website come out optimized with chrome, they will definitely not work better in IE. right? that is definitely Microsoft's fault ignoring the developers community for years. though they have popular platforms for development, they have worst browser to support it.

trojan_market said,
ask web developers, 99% of them hate IE and use chrome instead. Now that is what matters the most, because if new website come out optimized with chrome, they will definitely not work better in IE. right? that is definitely Microsoft's fault ignoring the developers community for years. though they have popular platforms for development, they have worst browser to support it.

I work with web developers, only versions they have trouble with are IE6,7,8. The new ones are great and support everything.

simrat said,

I work with web developers, only versions they have trouble with are IE6,7,8. The new ones are great and support everything.


Firefox and chrome both have cross platform support which IE don't. also even on windows, IE11 vs latest chrome developer tools or Firefox firebug for Javascript support both perform better than IE developer tools. and that is windows which really on other platforms doesn't exist.

simrat said,

I work with web developers, only versions they have trouble with are IE6,7,8. The new ones are great and support everything.


I am a web developer and I agree.
trojan_market said,

Firefox and chrome both have cross platform support which IE don't. also even on windows, IE11 vs latest chrome developer tools or Firefox firebug for Javascript support both perform better than IE developer tools. and that is windows which really on other platforms doesn't exist.

Oh sigh what about safari? It's also platform specific, so what? if they support the web standards nobody cares. And debug tools don't need to be complex and advanced, actually you don't even need them if you write proper code in the first place lol

Edited by Seahorsepip, Jun 19 2014, 12:15pm :

trojan_market said,
ask web developers, 99% of them hate IE and use chrome instead. Now that is what matters the most, because if new website come out optimized with chrome, they will definitely not work better in IE. right? that is definitely Microsoft's fault ignoring the developers community for years. though they have popular platforms for development, they have worst browser to support it.

A client of mine made some changes to his site where it was loading a lot of graphs. Chrome kept crashing while firefox/IE is fine. And this is not the only example of chrome being ######. So please go stay withy our chrome and don't talk nonsense here.

Crimson Rain said,

fix what? give exact details.

Mostly javascript engine, it is behaving weird. go to debug mode and you'll see what I mean by debugging scripts. I had so many page crashes just by using it where I had none with FF or Chrome. the only thing IE excels in is the font rendering which is due to windows optimization for trident engine and of course 'Modern IE' which is pretty much the only option if you do full screen apps. and thats mostly due Microsoft giving its own browser special treat when it comes to native resources access where other ones don't have

trojan_market said,

Mostly javascript engine, it is behaving weird. go to debug mode and you'll see what I mean by debugging scripts. I had so many page crashes just by using it where I had none with FF or Chrome. the only thing IE excels in is the font rendering which is due to windows optimization for trident engine and of course 'Modern IE' which is pretty much the only option if you do full screen apps. and thats mostly due Microsoft giving its own browser special treat when it comes to native resources access where other ones don't have

behaving weird? haha what's weird about it? it works the same as on chrome and firefox, I don't know what kind of javascript you're running but if you're able to make IE crash with javascript it must be some messy code that creates a infinite loop or something.

trojan_market said,
....

Sounds like you should be using typescript first.

Besides, IE10+ compiles JavaScript to native for faster execution which I don't believe any other browser does atm.

deadonthefloor said,

Sounds like you should be using typescript first.

Besides, IE10+ compiles JavaScript to native for faster execution which I don't believe any other browser does atm.


technically typescript is a superset of javascript , so eventually javascript runs in your browser. execution time and performance is fine, I was talking about debugging features.

Seahorsepip said,

behaving weird? haha what's weird about it? it works the same as on chrome and firefox, I don't know what kind of javascript you're running but if you're able to make IE crash with javascript it must be some messy code that creates a infinite loop or something.

dude I am talking about debugging, you know it when you're debugging the code you are about to find the code issue. otherwise how are u going to fix it? smart ass. I am just saying I can debug using Firebug and Chrome DevTool with less pain.

trojan_market said,

technically typescript is a superset of javascript , so eventually javascript runs in your browser. execution time and performance is fine, I was talking about debugging features.

I was just trying to insinuate that if you were using typescript you wouldn't have buggy JS in the first place.

deadonthefloor said,

I was just trying to insinuate that if you were using typescript you wouldn't have buggy JS in the first place.

ironically, creator of typescript who is the man I respect the most in tech world, andres helsberg, admitted that IE javascript engine is behaving weird from time to time.

Stop blaming ie for your lowsy coding.
I'm a web developer, i've had very little issues with ie since 8. Few missing css but ah well, im not fond of using rounded corners anyways. And min-height was annoying not to have in ie8.
By those 99% you ment chrome developers, not web developers. Because a web developer is good enough to support all 4 major browsers without issues.
Now get back in to your cave and go write browser specific code so you can complain about the browsers you fail to provide for.

trojan_market said,

it is behaving weird.

Please give exact details how it is weird or why it is bad.

As for debugging js, IE's devtools is miles ahead of chrome/firefox/firebug. IE's one falls a bit short for css/dom though.

Shadowzz said,
Stop blaming ie for your lowsy coding.
I'm a web developer, i've had very little issues with ie since 8. Few missing css but ah well, im not fond of using rounded corners anyways. And min-height was annoying not to have in ie8.
By those 99% you ment chrome developers, not web developers. Because a web developer is good enough to support all 4 major browsers without issues.
Now get back in to your cave and go write browser specific code so you can complain about the browsers you fail to provide for.


then why my "lowsy coding" won't break firefox or chrome? because they are behaving smarter isn't it? I am talking about browser crash.

Crimson Rain said,

As for debugging js, IE's devtools is miles ahead of chrome/firefox/firebug.

ask most developers see what they are using by default? look dude I use microsoft technologies for developing and I am a pro-microsoft guy you can see from my comments in neowin, but one thing I am 100% is that IE sucks! and I am not just saying it, I deal with it everyday because either way I have to make sites to be compatible with IE everyday. even IE 11 which is much better than IE 8,9,10 (I don't even want to talk about IE 7 or IE6 which you and I agree everyone hates) has so many problems. I said it everytime Font rendering and general performance on IE is better and thats due to OS optimization. If I want to pick worst Microsoft product I pick IE everytime and I think they ignored that product so many years which is why chrome is kicking its ass now. Statistics backs my statement. in few years chrome is the most used browser worldwide by a big margin.

trojan_market said,

ask most developers see what they are using by default? look dude I use microsoft technologies for developing and I am a pro-microsoft guy you can see from my comments in neowin, but one thing I am 100% is that IE sucks! and I am not just saying it, I deal with it everyday because either way I have to make sites to be compatible with IE everyday. even IE 11 which is much better than IE 8,9,10 (I don't even want to talk about IE 7 or IE6 which you and I agree everyone hates) has so many problems. I said it everytime Font rendering and general performance on IE is better and thats due to OS optimization. If I want to pick worst Microsoft product I pick IE everytime and I think they ignored that product so many years which is why chrome is kicking its ass now. Statistics backs my statement. in few years chrome is the most used browser worldwide by a big margin.

Chrome is not the most used browser and you still haven't pointed out how IE acts weird or how its js engine sucks or which implementation is bad.

trojan_market said,

ask most developers see what they are using by default? look dude I use microsoft technologies for developing and I am a pro-microsoft guy you can see from my comments in neowin, but one thing I am 100% is that IE sucks! and I am not just saying it, I deal with it everyday because either way I have to make sites to be compatible with IE everyday. even IE 11 which is much better than IE 8,9,10 (I don't even want to talk about IE 7 or IE6 which you and I agree everyone hates) has so many problems. I said it everytime Font rendering and general performance on IE is better and thats due to OS optimization. If I want to pick worst Microsoft product I pick IE everytime and I think they ignored that product so many years which is why chrome is kicking its ass now. Statistics backs my statement. in few years chrome is the most used browser worldwide by a big margin.

As Crimson Rain said before "Please give exact details how it is weird or why it is bad."

Show some code samples or web standards IE has problems with to proof your point. That would be interesting, your own opinion and experience is not really helpful since it could also be the code itself that's messy.

trojan_market said,

then why my "lowsy coding" won't break firefox or chrome? because they are behaving smarter isn't it? I am talking about browser crash.

Smarter? It's just because chrome sometimes corrects your coding mistakes which I'm actually against because the user keeps writing bad code that way.

Seahorsepip said,

Smarter? It's just because chrome sometimes corrects your coding mistakes which I'm actually against because the user keeps writing bad code that way.

whatever dude, if I say anything you got something out of somewhere so I gave up. according to your logic a software crash is better than runtime code correction.

Though I cannot edit my comment at this point, I thought I'd add a side note - I'm not particularly surprised the link wasn't in the post originally, as it was pretty tricky to find. I found it at the bottom of the Github page's README. You'd think they'd plaster it everywhere, eh?

I'd never heard of it before, though I'm generally not into mecha anime, but I looked it up and from what I'm reading, it looks like one of those obscure titles that didn't make any splashes and probably won't ever get a second season. If Microsoft really wanted to capture people's attention, they should have gone with something more popular worldwide like Shingeki no Kyojin.

AsherGZ said,
I'd never heard of it before, though I'm generally not into mecha anime, but I looked it up and from what I'm reading, it looks like one of those obscure titles that didn't make any splashes and probably won't ever get a second season. If Microsoft really wanted to capture people's attention, they should have gone with something more popular worldwide like Shingeki no Kyojin.

It's the type of show that started off one way then 2-3 episodes in totally flipped the plot on you and went in another direction, didn't live up to the hype basically.

George P said,

It's the type of show that started off one way then 2-3 episodes in totally flipped the plot on you and went in another direction, didn't live up to the hype basically.

Okay, I totally understand where you're coming from, I wasn't expecting a lot of it. When it comes to Mecha, I think that's why I stick with Gundam or Full Metal Panic (which I'm surprise I didn't watch it sooner cause I really liked it).