Electronic Arts Takes Bigger Interest In Android Gaming
Star on the NBA's biggest stage, pull off some sick drifting and manage virtual people's lives, Droid style.
The Android experience is nowhere near as seamless as iOS, with users struggling to find games that work across a variety of smart phones and tablets.
Taking this a step further, Electronic Arts has been somewhat cold to the platform, releasing only a handful of titles that iPhone and iPad players enjoyed months ago.
Thankfully, that's about to change. EA plans to dedicate more resources to delivering quality game experiences to Android with three key titles.
The first, NBA Jam, plays similar to the App Store version, but comes with updated rosters, so expect to see the Clippers' Chris Paul feeding Blade Griffin sick alley-oops on the fast break; updated rosters will eventually come to iOS. Release TBA.
Next, we have Real Racing 2, Firemint's award-winning driving sim with 30 licensed cars, 15 tracks and a deep Career Mode. That said, EA plans to give away one track free of charge, then encourage Android players to unlock the rest of the game through in-app purchase. Available now.
Finally, there's Sims FreePlay, which apparently lives up to its title. You won't have to spend a dime to create up to 16 Sims and forge different relationships. Look for it this February.
This isn't the tidal wave of gaming we expected, but it's good to know EA hopes to treat Android on a somewhat equal footing with its Apple powered counterpart.