EA has started working on Apple Watch game concepts
Just two days after the announcement of Apple’s new wearable device, the Apple Watch, EA is already jumping on board. The gaming Goliath is taking advantage of the allowance of third-party apps and games on Apple’s wearable, and has begun working on prototypes of game concepts for the device.
The statement from EA’s VP Frank Gibeau revealed that the company is not suggesting that the device can function as a games platform (although the possibility has not been ruled out completely), but that EA is looking into potentially using certain features of the Apple Watch as an extension to iPhone games.
“We have two teams prototyping wearable experiences that are not only standalone, but also some ideas where you can actually use the fitness component in the watch that can unlock capabilities in the game that might be on your iPhone,” Gibeau told CNet. “Or you could do crafting or some other auction trading on your watch that goes back into your tablet game that you might check out later when you get home. So, we’re pretty excited about it. We think it’s very early days. But for EA, the emergence of another gaming platform is compelling for us.”
However, even with its quick announcement, EA will not be the first to launch a game for the Apple Watch, as app developer Flying Tiger Entertainment has already sent out a press release stating its intent to make its iArm Wrestle Champs game available for the wrist worn device. The game is currently available on iOS and Android for free, and is said to launch on Android Wear too.
The Apple Watch is set for release in 2015 and starts at $349 (£216) in North America. It is only compatible with the Apple iPhone 5 and more recent models. Consumers have been given three Watch design collections to inspire them including the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. These are made using permutations of 6 watch face chassis designs, 6 strap designs and two watch face sizes.