Dec 5, 2011
The Xperia Play has been out for months now, but the exclusives keep coming in for Sony’s erstwhile Android gaming phone. Newly released for Xperia is the Android debut of EA’s FIFA 12. Some of the members of the development team participated in a chat to discuss the release of the game on Xperia Play. They included Tim Harrison, Head of Content and Marketing at Sony Ericsson, with Andrei Lazerescu and Alex Ruse from EA Mobile. They offered up some details on the making of the game for Android and Xperia Play, and offered some insights on their thoughts about the Xperia Play platform in general.
The developers tried to make sure the game would take advantage of the touch screen as well as the Xperia Play’s well-known hardware controls. There is no multiplayer “right now” in this first release; the iOS version lacked wireless multiplayer as well. While the game doesn’t use the same engine as the console one, they “definitely wanted to emulate the ball and player physics from the console version.”
As far as the game running on hardware such as Tegra chips, Alex Ruse claims that their engine, which is newly developed for this game and used “a lot of libraries and knowledge from the Console team” to help make, would allow the game to scale up “gracefully” to newer hardware for the next year or so. The game will be exclusive on Xperia Play until February, and will release on other Xperia phones soon though the Xperia ARC is not currently supported. However, it will be added in an upcoming release.
FIFA 12 for Xperia is available now and is available initially as a free download for the holiday season, along with several other EA titles, from the EA Store on Xperia. Alex Ruse had interesting comments about the future of the Xperia Play; he does not think that it will become outdated any time soon, as it is a powerful device, and that developers will not just build for one high-end device either. Time will tell if this portends the truth; getting more exclusives like the FIFA series may be an important factor in the continued sustainability of the platform.