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Medal of Honor, Battlefield and Spore to mobilise

Key IP will soon appear on phones, says EA's Mitch Lasky

Mobile phones will soon be abuzz with the sounds of war, according to Jamdat founder and EA Mobile senior vice president Mitch Lasky, who told an audience at the Harris Nesbitt Games Go Mobile Conference yesterday that Medal of Honor, Battlefield and Spore will all appear on mobile phones in the future.

"One of the ways we intend to maintain our leadership position is with the great intellectual property that we've been able to combine from the Jamdat side and from the Electronic Arts side," said Lasky, referring to EA's purchase of Jamdat last year.

Some of the games "in the pipeline" included Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Spore, Need For Speed and SOCOM, he later said.

Need For Speed and SOCOM (the latter a Sony PlayStation 2 and PSP game) are both already available for the mobile platform, but Lasky may well have been referring to further versions - with EA known to be working on a next-generation console version of Need For Speed called "NFS Carbon" that would tie in nicely, and SOCOM due for further iteration too.

Medal of Honor and Battlefield, meanwhile, are some of EA's top-selling war games on PC and console formats, while Spore is the next project from Sims creator Will Wright, and is highly anticipated across multiple formats including PC and other handhelds.

While Lasky talks about maintaining the company's leadership position by exploiting IP, it's worth pointing out that it would hardly be the first time EA's done this - although the largely Jamdat-authored contents of its EA Mobile catalogue include the likes of Bejeweled, Doom RPG, Tetris and Boggle, they already brush shoulders with the likes of The Sims 2, EA Sports FIFA 06 and The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy.

EA Mobile is also creating bespoke mobile content, announcing plans to release EA Air Hockey just recently.

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