Nokia has announced that D3Publisher will be using SNAP Mobile to develop Java-based games.
The first game to use the new platform is a mobile version of Earth Defense Force, already available on the the Xbox and PlayStation 2. Players select from a variety of weapons to fight against invaders ranging from giant ants and spiders to robots and other monsters. The SNAP Mobile platform will allow the game to feature capabilities such as chat, friends lists, instant messaging, and online leaderboards.
“SNAP Mobile provides us with a carrier-grade platform that ensures a consistent mobile gaming experience for our dedicated fan base and expands the reach of our games to a global level through Nokiaâ€™s distribution channels,” said Yuji Konishi, Director and the Vice President of Mobile & Network Business Division of D3Publisher. “After much consideration, SNAP Mobile emerged as the ideal partner that could take our established Earth Defense Force game and make it suitable yet entertaining for a wide selection of mobile devices, while still retaining the online features that our game players have come to enjoy.”
EDF will be available on select handsets worldwide at the end of 2007.