We’ve heard the murmurings since back in January about Microsoft’s plans to bring Xbox Live games to mobile devices and we’re not just talking about Windows Phone. These plans — “leaked” by a Microsoft job listing — also included both Android and iOS. Other than that, we had little else to go on.
Details are still a bit murky, but a report from Nikkei today is providing some additional details. Apparently Microsoft will be contracting Japanese game maker KLab Inc. to bring these games to major mobile platforms (not just Microsoft’s). You can expect to see some of these games by the end of the year beginning with a free-to-play Age of Empires, with other Microsoft titles to follow soon after.
We find it interesting that Microsoft wouldn’t first introduce these Xbox titles on Windows Mobile but then again, these are entirely separate divisions and exposure seems to be the main focus. We’ll let you know when we hear more.