In a move that makes a lot of sense, PopCap Games has announced that it has penned an agreement with Sony Ericsson that will see its titles pre-loaded on the Xperia Play mini and the pro later this summer. News of this comes mere days after EA’s acquisition of the casual games developer and subsequent promises to further its reach. This will be the first time PopCap Games’ games have been available in Europe on Android.
Chuzzle [$2.99], the lesser-known puzzle game from PopCap, will be pre-loaded in its entirety on new Plays, while trial versions of Plants vs. Zombies [$2.99 / HD] and Peggle [$2.99] will round out the offerings. A healthy amount of native Play games at the moment are PSOne titles, so this is a welcome shot in the arm to an aging line-up of downloadable titles. On the other hand... I suppose these games have been available on a billion other formats for several years, too.
If anything, take this as a sign to come from PopCap as it starts expanding what it can offer under the wings of EA and its larger, consumer-facing bandwidth. “As the Android ecosystem matures, PopCap is committed to providing best-in-class game experiences for Android game players,” a rep said in a statement. Fingers crossed for Peggle Nights!
In somewhat related news, Sony Ericcson also wrapped up an exclusive with Mojang. The platform is, at least, trying to be competitive. And really, the best thing that could happen for iOS gamers is for Apple to see some serious competition, especially if you buy into the idea that competition breeds innovation.