Mobile gaming is clearly taking off in a big way, with familiar names including EA and Sega firmly in the thick of the action.
Microsoft, too, seemingly wants a slice of mobile gaming pie, with a spanking new report suggesting it’s on the verge of bringing its console and PC franchises to iOS and Android.
Reuters relays a story from Japan’s Nikkei, saying that Microsoft has tagged up with Japan's KLab with a view to storming the mobile scene.
A little research shows KLab is behind such App Store hits as, eh, Lord of the Dragons and, uhm, Shin Sangokushi Buster. The latter looks like something I’d like, actually. Shame it’s in Japanese.
The source article mentions only Microsoft’s Age of Empires, a real-time strategy thingy with its roots back in 1997. No other games are listed, but it’s confirmed that there’ll be more to follow. At some point.
The big Microsoft franchise is of course Halo, though Microsoft Studios has distributed tons of stuff over the years, including third-party stuff like Crackdown, and – more recently – State of Decay.
Microsoft has already served a small handful of apps on the App Store, including Kinectimals, Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin and Ms. Splosion Man.