Gizmodo reports on announcements from Electronic Arts (EA) at the E3 entertainment conference today.

EA announced a few new features will be coming for their brand new iPhone titles, which currently include Scrabble [App Store], Tetris [App Store], and Sudoko [App Store]. EA will add Wi-Fi multiplayer support and accelerometer support (to shake up words) in Scrabble, while Tetris will allow you to "draw the upcoming piece right on the screen".

New titles for the iPhone include Need for Speed, Tiger Woods 09, Monopoly and Spore Origins.

  • Travis

    Grrrr! None of these are available outside the US yet.

    I'm starting to get annoyed at the "This application is not currently available in the Australian iTunes store". I understand how copyright legalities affect this for Music, Movies, and TV shows, but why for Apps?

    I hope Apple can sort it out so that most Applications are released worldwide immediately.

  • Travis

    Grrrr! None of these are available outside the US yet.

    I'm starting to get annoyed at the "This application is not currently available in the Australian iTunes store". I understand how copyright legalities affect this for Music, Movies, and TV shows, but why for Apps?

    I hope Apple can sort it out so that most Applications are released worldwide immediately.

  • Bob

    Err...
    "I understand how copyright legalities affect this for Music, Movies, and TV shows, but why for Apps?"

    You do realize that Applications are subject to the same copyrights that Music, Movie, and TV shows are subject to, right?

  • Bob

    Err...
    "I understand how copyright legalities affect this for Music, Movies, and TV shows, but why for Apps?"

    You do realize that Applications are subject to the same copyrights that Music, Movie, and TV shows are subject to, right?

  • Travis

    Sorry I guess I worded that poorly - I understand that there are Copyrights in place for Applications too. It just surprises me that Applications can't be released a bit quicker simultaneously, is all.

    I just feel that Movies, TV Shows and Music are a little different since they are still tied to existing distribution models that are supported by cinema, advertising, physical sales of CDs/DVDs etc.

    It's not like EA will be shrinkwrapping these iPhone games and sending them to retail channels.

    Perhaps it's also related to the ownership of "Tetris", "Scrabble" in respective countries, I'm not sure.

    In any case, still annoying :P

  • Travis

    Sorry I guess I worded that poorly - I understand that there are Copyrights in place for Applications too. It just surprises me that Applications can't be released a bit quicker simultaneously, is all.

    I just feel that Movies, TV Shows and Music are a little different since they are still tied to existing distribution models that are supported by cinema, advertising, physical sales of CDs/DVDs etc.

    It's not like EA will be shrinkwrapping these iPhone games and sending them to retail channels.

    Perhaps it's also related to the ownership of "Tetris", "Scrabble" in respective countries, I'm not sure.

    In any case, still annoying :P

  • Matt M

    When will Need for Speed be released! I'm buyin' that one for sure!

  • Matt M

    When will Need for Speed be released! I'm buyin' that one for sure!

  • Brett

    Not available in the UK store... Goshdarnit!!!

  • Brett

    Not available in the UK store... Goshdarnit!!!

  • Stu

    Not ready for the Australian store? Are you kidding me? That's ridiculous. It's a game! There's no excuse for that.

  • Stu

    Not ready for the Australian store? Are you kidding me? That's ridiculous. It's a game! There's no excuse for that.

  • Jon

    "Perhaps it’s also related to the ownership of 'Tetris', 'Scrabble' in respective countries, I’m not sure."

    That may be a contributing factor for some games. It may also be that way back before anybody imagined online distribution of games, EA signed deals with other companies to distribute their games in certain regions. That would prohibit them from distributing in those countries via the iTMS -- at least until those deals expire.

  • Jon

    "Perhaps it’s also related to the ownership of 'Tetris', 'Scrabble' in respective countries, I’m not sure."

    That may be a contributing factor for some games. It may also be that way back before anybody imagined online distribution of games, EA signed deals with other companies to distribute their games in certain regions. That would prohibit them from distributing in those countries via the iTMS -- at least until those deals expire.

  • Brett

    EA's Sudoku for iPod 5G *IS* available in the UK Store, so I really can see no reason why pretty much the exact same game, but for iPhone / iPod Touch, is not available for us here in the UK...

  • Brett

    EA's Sudoku for iPod 5G *IS* available in the UK Store, so I really can see no reason why pretty much the exact same game, but for iPhone / iPod Touch, is not available for us here in the UK...

  • Jeff

    Everyone realizes that the dev's are the ones who determine what countries these apps are released in right??? Apple should have nothing to do with this, so yell at the dev's if you must!!

  • Jeff

    Everyone realizes that the dev's are the ones who determine what countries these apps are released in right??? Apple should have nothing to do with this, so yell at the dev's if you must!!

  • nate

    Pretty shrewd move on EA's part -- having Wi-Fi multiplayer means that instead of having players share one copy of the game (on one device), they'll get to sell a copy of Scrabble to each player.

  • nate

    Pretty shrewd move on EA's part -- having Wi-Fi multiplayer means that instead of having players share one copy of the game (on one device), they'll get to sell a copy of Scrabble to each player.

  • phil

    anyone have info on Tiger Wooods

  • phil

    anyone have info on Tiger Wooods

  • phil

    tiger woods

  • phil

    tiger woods

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