EA working with Microsoft to release Windows Phone 8 games

Windows Phone 8, despite reaching the 100,000 app milestone earlier this year, still lags well behind the iOS and Android platforms in terms of the number of apps available for its users to download. Now it looks like Electronic Arts has given its stamp of approval for the next version of Windows Phone.

Bloomberg reports that, according to EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore, the publisher is working with Microsoft to bring a number of its games to Windows Phone 8. Moore is quoted as saying:

We’re working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are. Anything that allows more platforms to be adopted quickly that have a gaming element is good for Electronic Arts.

That is good news for Microsoft as it seeks to expand the market for Windows Phone devices and app. There are signs that Windows Phone is gaining more traction in the marketplace, with IDC reporting that shipments of Windows Phone products more than doubled in the second quarter of 2012.

There's no word on which specific games EA is planning to bring to Windows Phone 8. However, the publisher does have a ton of well known game properties, such as Need For Speed, Battlefield, The Sims and others to choose from, not to mention the casual games from its Playfish and PopCap divisions.

Source: Bloomberg

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if it's anything like EA iOS games then its not good news.

-Games are crippled with excessive DLC and "coin" purchases.
-most don't support Game Center instead they are pushing origin.
-some games (Tetris) have monthly fee's in order to gain access to all content ($3/m $30/y) (im sure this is a sign of things to come for future games from them)
-They tried to disable Rock Band from, being playable, after outrage they decided to just remove the app all together so you can no longer re-download it from the app store, you must keep a local copy.

EA is a horrible company.

[quote=jeffT said,EA is a horrible company. [/quote]
+1

They have wrecked a lot of classic old games, and continue to do so

I will settle for the Tango update on my Lumia 900 (ATT). The premier carrier can't even push updates out.

ATT is no friend of MSFT.

red hook said,
I will settle for the Tango update on my Lumia 900 (ATT). The premier carrier can't even push updates out.

ATT is no friend of MSFT.

T-Mobile got the update... too bad its on craptastic devices. Ugh.... I hate being treated like the magenta-headed step child.

red hook said,
I will settle for the Tango update on my Lumia 900 (ATT). The premier carrier can't even push updates out.

Ik its not ideal but you can flash it. I flashed my lumia 900 black edition and its soo smooth and yes you do lose all your data in the prossess but I was ok with it.

ATT is no friend of MSFT.


red hook said,
I will settle for the Tango update on my Lumia 900 (ATT). The premier carrier can't even push updates out.

ATT is no friend of MSFT.

I think AT&T started to push it out now, maybe it's just slow in doing so? I remember some post about it last week.

deadonthefloor said,

Will WP8 GPU have DX11 feature set?
For some reason DX9 sticks out in my mind as the minimum.

Yes, it will, since same games will be available for both WP8 and Windows 8 PCs

deadonthefloor said,

Will WP8 GPU have DX11 feature set?
For some reason DX9 sticks out in my mind as the minimum.

I believe they said DX11 and not DX9 which is what current WP7.x devices use through XNA iirc. I also believe the new S4 has the GPU support for DX11, I'd have to double check though but i'm 99% sure.

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,
Not to be that guy, but it should say windows phone 7 or at least 7/8 since they are forward compatible. I must say I am excited for the news, with ea others will follow.

Uhm, no.
Handsets with 7 will get 7.8
Nokia are working the EA love on WP7.x
Microsoft are working the EA love on WP8

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,
Not to be that guy, but it should say windows phone 7 or at least 7/8 since they are forward compatible. I must say I am excited for the news, with ea others will follow.

Did you ever think that maybe the games they're producing WONT be WP7 Compatible?! If they're producing it for WP8, it wont run on WP7. There's more capabilities on WP8, so why bother with a soon-to-be dead platform?

I am actually surprised that EA is not trashing Windows 8 like Valve and ID because it crawls on their proprietary content delivery platform Origin.

I am actually surprised that EA is not trashing Windows 8 like Valve and ID because it crawls on their proprietary content delivery platform Origin.

shamburg said,

Did you ever think that maybe the games they're producing WONT be WP7 Compatible?! If they're producing it for WP8, it wont run on WP7. There's more capabilities on WP8, so why bother with a soon-to-be dead platform?

All windows phone 7 apps are compatible with windows phone 8 so they are forward compatible. Wp8 apps are not backwards compatible. FYI. So it's true wp8 will start with 100,000 + apps but most are Wp7 apps that are compatible with 8. J/S

sanke1 said,
I am actually surprised that EA is not trashing Windows 8 like Valve and ID because it crawls on their proprietary content delivery platform Origin.

Maybe EA is professional