Sony Ericsson and Square Enix have announced a deal that will see one of the new video games from the game publisher coming to the Android-powered Xperia Play first. The game is called Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The game will be available for the Play in November. There is no indication of how long the game will be an exclusive for the Play.
Square Enix and Sony Ericsson will also be bringing more games to the Xperia Play in the future. This move may bring more gamers that like to be the first to get games on the Android platform to the Xperia Play. I don't think that a mobile game will be anticipated enough to actually drive many Xperia Play purchases though.
Sony Ericsson has been offering the Play in the US for a while and is now $49 on AT&T. The company announced this month that the Play would hit Japan on NTT DOCOMO in October. I wonder if the graphics in this game will be anywhere near the detail of the render above.
“With a unique control pad and immersive graphics that enable an enriched gaming experience, Xperia™ PLAY is bringing a unique and exciting dimension to smartphone gaming,” said Ben Cusack, Head of Mobile for Square Enix Europe. “This is just the start of what we plan to do together, but right now, we are delighted to be able to show off the full potential of our games with this innovative smartphone, bringing them to life as our creators intended.”
“Xperia™ PLAY continues to redefine smartphone gaming. By bringing some of the world’s most popular console games to the Xperia™ PLAY we’re delivering an unrivalled smartphone gaming experience,” said Tim Harrison, Head of Content & Marketing Strategy for Sony Ericsson. “And this is still really only just the beginning - we will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with new games and new experiences optimized for Xperia PLAY, ensuring that consumers have the best gaming possible experience on a smartphone, whatever games they are in to.”