SOFTWARE SHIFTER Microsoft could be about to raise the curtain on Xbox and PC games for Apple and Android devices.
So far the firm has played its own games close to its chest and has enjoyed the enduring success of exclusive titles like the Halo series.
That might be about to come to an end though, and according to reports the firm is considering rolling its game titles out to more devices.
Microsoft even has a partner lined up, the unglamourous sounding Japanese pocket gamemaker Klab.
We have asked Microsoft's Xbox team to comment but so far it has not responded. Reports, including this one on Reuters, say that the first title lined up for a breakaway release is Age of Empires.
This title reportedly will get the rework treatment and a late 2013 release. It will also be free to play, which might tempt users of other consoles who think that Xbox games are dull.
Reports spring from a story on the Japanese business news website Nikkei, which requires a subscription.
There are plenty of Xbox games available for Windows Phone, but alternatives on the Apple and Android stores are few and far between.
It would make sense for Microsoft to extend its reach into these other lucrative game markets, especially given its own market share.
Klab has a page on its website showing the sorts of games it has out, or presently working on. They aren't great looking, and there is only evidence of three games that it has worked on as a partner or co-developer.
It is possible of course that Microsoft is licensing the right to develop its games for the other operating systems. We are waiting for it to confirm its position. µ
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