The fact that Sony Ericsson chose to call it the Xperia Play won't change the fact that to most people it will be the Playstation Phone. With a separate store on the device that has ported Playstation games and that familiar Dual-Shock look, it will easily be a well-received device by the Sony Community.
That doesn't mean that other developers won't make use of the controller-packing Android phone! Developer Handy Games will have three games in the Android Market before the Xperia Play launches that are fully compatible with the extra buttons. All three games have a free lite version for Xperia Play users AND others to try. They are in the market now, and will be updated before the phone launches. Check out the pics and press release below, as well as links to the lite versions!
HandyGamesâ„¢ Announces Three Launch Titles for Sony Ericsson's Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY
Giebelstadt/Germany, 15February 2010 - Sony Ericsson's long-awaited gaming smartphone Xperia PLAY was showcased on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As an official Xperia PLAY launch partner, HandyGamesâ„¢ are providing MWC visitors with a first look at three HandyGamesâ„¢ titles for the Xperia PLAY at the Sony Ericsson exhibition booth.
In addition to the award-winning casual brain training game infeCCtâ„¢, HandyGamesâ„¢ will present Super Dynamite Fishing, an acclaimed HandyGamesâ„¢ classic, enhanced and optimised for the device. The third game, the immensely popular blockbuster title Guns'n'Glory, combines traditional Tower Defence gameplay with new, innovative gameplay elements in a fresh Wild Western setting. All three titles have been specifically adapted to fully support all Xperia PLAY features and will be available for free download.
"HandyGamesâ„¢ is planning to release a strong portfolio of quality casual games for the Xperia PLAY in 2011.", comments Markus Kassulke, CEO of HandyGamesâ„¢. "Free mobile games are more popular than ever before and we will continue our successful strategy 'Mission FREE' on the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY."
"Great content is a crucial part of the ultimate smartphone gaming experience we're delivering with Xperia PLAY. We're delighted to welcome HandyGames as a partner from day one," said Jonas Berg, Partner Manager at Sony Ericsson. "Not only are they bringing great games to Xperia PLAY, they are also confirming their belief in the platform and its impact on smartphone gaming."
Guns'n'Glory, infeCCtâ„¢ and Super Dynamite Fishing will be available for the Xperia PLAY immediately at launch, with more titles following in the coming months.
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HandyGamesâ„¢ is one of the leading independent developers and publishers of mobile games. The company has offices in Giebelstadt, Germany, and has its very own international distribution network. The company was founded in 2000 by Markus Kassulke, Christopher Kassulke and Udo Bausewein, has more than 35 employees and plans to expand further.
The huge and diverse variety of products, which all excel by high quality, consists of downloadable and pre-installed games, as well as applications and games for the mobile Internet. The games support platforms like JavaME, Blackberry, Android, iPhone / iPad / iPod touch and soon Windows Mobile 7. HandyGamesâ„¢ has developed top sellers such as Anno - Create a New World, Aces of the Luftwaffe, the Townsmen series, Devils and Demons, Shark or Die, Guns'n'Glory and Panzer Panic. The company's long-time success is reflected in close co-operations with producers of mobile phones and network operators, as well as in the many international awards it has won.
More information at: www.handy-games.com