EA & Eidos ink mobile partnership; to release Tomb Raider

Mumbai: Electronic Arts Inc. has signed an agreement with videogame creator Eidos Interactive, which sees the exclusive multi-regional distribution and licensing rights to selected titles from the Eidos catalogue being granted to EA Mobile, a division of EA’s Casual Entertainment Label, for mobile devices.

Effective immediately, the agreement provides licences to EA across all existing mobile channels and mobile devices for four key titles: Tomb Raider Underworld, Just Cause 2, California Games X and Minesweeper, with a future option on the mobile versions of the majority of Eidos videogame properties for a period of three years.

"Eidos has a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including the world famous Tomb Raider games. This deal gives EA Mobile immediate access to not one but four high profile titles, which will appeal to a broad audience on mobile platforms," said EA Mobile vice president of European Publishing Javier Ferreira.

The Tomb Raider franchise has achieved worldwide recognition with 35 million games sales and two blockbuster movies. Just Cause 2 is the eagerly awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed Just Cause, while California Games X is a brand new version of the 1987 Commodore 64 classic. Minesweeper is one of the most pervasive games of the modern age, versions of it being installed on PCs as standard with the Windows operating system since 1992.