Microsoft is planning to bring its marquee titles to Apple’s iPhone and Android based smartphones if a report by the Nikkei is to be believed. Reportedly, Microsoft has tied up with Japanese smartphone game maker KLab, and through a licensing deal KLab will be able to deliver Microsoft’s titles on the iPhone and the Android based hardware. Also Read - Microsoft working on improving Windows 11 performance with updates starting next year
This will include both Microsoft Xbox and Windows games. Notably, the report says that Microsoft’s iconic real time strategy game Age of Empires will be available as a free-to-play game worldwide on smartphones by the end of the 2013. This indeed is a big deal, if proven to be true. Also Read - Microsoft New Xbox app solves game installation problem
Reuters is reporting that the deal is regarding only the mobile version of Age of Empires, and no other game is reported to be under development for non-Microsoft platforms. For those who don’t know, Age of Empires is Microsoft’s most popular gaming franchise. Also Read - Microsoft launches Surface Go 3 in India with Windows 11 inbuilt, pre-orders begin today
It is believed that such a move could lead companies like Nintendo to leverage its software assets like the Mario franchise and release them on other mobile platforms. Previously, Sega used to exclusively make games for its consoles till it went out of the console business, and now it offers mobile versions of its most popular Sonic franchise on both the iPhone and Android, in addition to releasing games for all console platforms.