PopCap, Sony Ericsson

Game developer PopCap has announced that it's reached an agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load its "Games by PopCap" portal on the upcoming Xperia Pro and Xperia Mini Pro. The deal will see these phones shipping with trial versions of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies, along with the full version Chuzzle. It'll also be the first chance for Android owners in Europe to get their hands on PopCap's games, as right now these only been available on the Amazon AppStore, which currently turns Europeans away at the door.

The Xperia Pro and Mini Pro are due to land sometime in the third quarter, although there's no firm release date for either device just yet. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

DUBLIN, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First Worldwide Mobile Partnership Marks the Arrival of PopCap's top Game Titles on Android in Europe

PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced that it has signed a global agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load Games By PopCap on Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro smartphone models. The partnership will officially mark the arrival of PopCap's game titles on Android devices in Europe.

As part of the agreement, PopCap hits such as Plants vs. Zombies™, Peggle® and Chuzzle® will be embedded on smartphone devices that will start to roll out later this Summer.  PopCap's multiple award-winning title, Chuzzle, will be pre-loaded in its entirety while other PopCap hits such as Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies will be included as unlimited trial modes - with the option to purchase full editions of the games using a directly integrated billing service.

"We are delighted to partner with Sony Ericsson to fulfill our promiseto 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."

 

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PopCap games to be pre-loaded on Xperia Pro, Xperia Mini Pro

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There goes all their diskspace and processing cycles. Popcap needs to take a general android development course, start from scratch and redo their games.

I agree that Pop Cap games are large in size, but they nearly all move to the SD card so I don't think it is an issue to anyone running Android 2.2 or higher. The fact is that good games are going to take up more space. Just be glad that we have the option to move on external storage on Android, unlike iOS, where when you are out of storage space, you are S.O.L.

I think rather than consumers complaining to developers to reduce the size of their apps, time would be better spent by requiring device manufacturers/carriers put more space for app storage & more RAM in the phones.

Trial versions = bloatware...

Either give them the Europeans full versions or just leave them alone.