EA Games invests in the iPhone as the new mobile games platform

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Earlier this month, I wondered about the possibility of an EA Games channel on the iPod app store. Now EA have announced that they are releasing a selection of their most popular games on the iPhone!

EA Mobile announced the upcoming releases at GDC Mobile. Some it’s most popular gaming franchises, including the Madden series, Wolfenstein and the Command & Conquer games, will be coming to iPhone over the year.

Another big announcement was that EA is taking advantage of the Facebook Connect service for it’s Scrabble game for the iPhone. This will allow iPhone users to play Scrabble against people who are connected to Facebook from a home computer!

Source: http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/EA+Mobile/news.asp?c=12351

What we think?

For those who don’t know them, the Wolfenstein and Command & Conquer are extremely old PC games. We’re getting into the realms of computer archaeology with these titles. But the point is this: entire PC games are now being ported over to the iPhone. It’s a scenario that could develop frighteningly quickly, if this experiment goes well for EA. iPhones, and other smartphones, could soon be swarming with PC titles, modified for a touch-screen environment.

Consider another announcement that was made at GDC: for cloud-hosted gaming service OnLive. This service server-side games server could have major applications for mobile games as well (if it can really do what it claims).

About Cian O' Sullivan

Ace reporter, Cian, has moved on from GoMo News. He is currently the office manager for Photocall Ireland - Ireland's premier news and PR photography agency. You can check out the site at www.photocallireland.com. If you want to contact him directly about anything, Cian's new email is cian at photocallireland dot com.
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