Spore spreads to mobile phones

EA Mobile exec confirms Will Wright's upcoming sim game headed for handsets; Battlefield and Medal of Honor on the way as well.

Electronic Arts' $680 million purchase of Jamdat Mobile last year was a pretty clear indicator of how seriously the company took mobile gaming. So while it's no secret that the company is looking to bring more of its frontline franchises to the mobile market, there's still some uncertainty about which ones and when.

In a presentation at the Harris Nesbitt Games Go Mobile Conference this morning, Jamdat founder and EA Mobile senior vice president Mitch Lasky answered one of those questions.

"One of the ways we intend to maintain our leadership position is with the great intellectual property that we've been able to combine from the Jamdat side and from the Electronic Arts side," Lasky said. He later added that "titles like Medal of Honor, SOCOM, Battlefield, Spore, Need for Speed [are] in the pipeline."

While cell phone editions of SOCOM and Need for Speed are already up and available on the EA Mobile Web site, Spore, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield will be making their cell phone debuts. EA has previously posted job listings that it was looking for designers to work on handheld Spore titles, but has been silent about exactly which platforms those would be on. Last month, online retailer EBgames posted a product page for a Nintendo DS version of Spore, but it has since been pulled.

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29 comments
Pablo620
Pablo620

ill take my PSP for portale gaming thank you very much. How the heck can games like Battlefield and Spore and any thing be fun on a phone. Like elementfx said "snake"

redlar
redlar

This sounds very stupid. Come on, something like Spore on a tiny mobile phone? You know, someone should just make a laptop that has cell phone functions, what with what cell phones are forced to do nowadays.

elementfx
elementfx

The only good game I have ever played on a cell phone was snake.

mylivingeulogy
mylivingeulogy

are you kidding me? i dont understand why they are trying to push mobile phone gaming so hard. I can understand say...tetris or solitair or something like that but...SPORE? cmon.. Just release/port it over to ds/psp.

xelloss88
xelloss88

Spore would be awesome on the DS.

Igwababa
Igwababa

cool, they just need to pull it off right

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

hopefully Spore will become a phenomenon like The Sims and be launched for every system...including cell phones

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Spore looks like an awesome game, it's good to see that is is spreading itself around to other platforms.

SCARFACELP
SCARFACELP

well they would obviously be extremely primitive versions of those games. They would use the name and likeness but would play different. also they would be made into quick pick up and play games because they are for cell phones . cell phone games are really not for the gamespot demographic for the most part , but people who use their phones for a little bit of entertainment while they wait will probably be excited, hey it is a profiatable market right?

juanfraino
juanfraino

next up (for spore): Wii version, DS version, 360 version, ps3 version, and whaaa??? a GIZMONDO version?!?!?!?!

rbarahona
rbarahona

The market for Mobile Gaming is growing very fast. People everywhere have more advanced cell phones and I can't imagine a world without them (even though I can recall times when people didn't need them). I hope that they can make this games available outside the US, like Latin America.

zub1
zub1

I think I would rather pay the money to upgrade my PC to play spore than to play it on a cell phone.

dukerav
dukerav

While this sounds cool I suppose, I dont care to play these games on such a small screen, the DS or PSP I can understand but not cell phones.

HarlockJC
HarlockJC moderator

This sound cool. I would like a great sim game to play on my mobile. Best thing in the world we your going to the bath room at work.

rta
rta

People still use cell phones?

Rokin1
Rokin1

Well, we'll see how it turns out....

KamaKase
KamaKase

Could a cell phone really handle all that procedural data? I know they're getting good....but I didn't think they were THAT good.

runstalker
runstalker

I'd rather talk to people with my cell phone. I have intentionally purchased better devices for music, for games, and for video. My cell phone is a phone or pager, that is all. If I'm waiting somewhere and bored, I'd rather count ceiling tiles than struggle through some lame low-tech cell phone game with horrid controls. Or, obviously, play DS or PSP.

nintendofreak_2
nintendofreak_2

I think the DS or PSP would be better suited for this.

phinsfan
phinsfan

Hmm? This maybe interesting...

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Now let's make with the 360 version already!

Disinfo
Disinfo

I don't know. I have never found cell phone games to be all that appealing. If you have a DS or a PSP why would you even want to play a game on a cell phone. Unless the next generation of cell phones have a significant jump in the screen size and resolution, I don't really see a point to cell phone gaming over handheld gaming.

bored88
bored88

Battlefield on a cell phone?????????

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Neat I can't wait to see how it will work on the phones. Socom,Spore,battlefield sounds good to me.I look forward to how they work out the controls.

LouieV13
LouieV13

Sweet 1st post!! But good news