PopCap may have been gobbled up by EA, but thankfully business appears to be the usual for the number one developer of casual titles. Today, PopCap announced that they have signed a global agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load their hit titles on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro smartphone models. What does this agreement mean to you as the consumer though? This landmark cements the arrival of PopCap titles on Android devices across Europe.
Starting this summer, Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and Chuzzle will be embedded on smartphone devices that will roll out in the coming months. Chuzzle will be featured in it’s entirety, while Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle will get a trial mode treatment, with the option to unlock the full games with a purchase.
Both PopCap and Sony have each made a statement for this agreement:
“We are delighted to partner with Sony Ericsson to fulfill our promise to Android users and bring PopCap’s hit mobile games to an ever-widening base of smartphone users,” said Giordano Bruno Contestabile, PopCap’s senior director of global product and business strategy for mobile. “As the Android ecosystem matures, PopCap is committed to providing best-in-class game experiences for Android game players. The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini devices are equipped with superior processing power and exceptional screen resolution on the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, which provides an excellent platform for delivering the quality fun that our fans have come to expect.”
“By partnering with companies such as PopCap, we are demonstrating our commitment to bringing the very best communication and entertainment experiences to our phones,” said Fredrik Mansson, Global Product Marketing Manager at Sony Ericsson. “Games such as Plants vs. Zombies™, Peggle® and Chuzzle® are becoming increasingly popular amongst Android users and we are proud to be able to offer them exclusively on our Xperia™ mini and mini pro.”
While PopCap may be now under the ownership of EA, it looks like the company will continue to flourish as of now and continue to set the bar for casual games on mobile devices. Hopefully, things will continue to stay this way, but for now, European droid users have a reason to celebrate as PopCap make their mark in the region.