As part of its initiative in this direction, a range of devices would be made available for playing of high quality 3D mobile games.
May 18th 2005 ---- Nokia is launching its first smartphones which could be used to play a multitude of N-Gage titles. New games are expected to be announced later in 2005. Nokia would concentrate on “connected multiplayer gaming,” wherein people would be able to play against one another across mobile networks.
Gerard Wiener, from Nokia games, remarked “Over the past two years, we've seen the mobile gaming market grow by leaps and bounds both in terms of market interest and customer expectations. With the N-Gage platform, we've been able to deliver a superior gaming experience to mobile gamers, but only on a small range of devices.”
He further clarified that Nokia wanted to expand rich, connected mobile gaming across the Nokia smartphone range. He stated that the quality of mobile phone games would increase exponentially, with the industry being at a turning point.
By 2005, Nokia is expected to sell an estimated 25 million smartphones. By 2008, more than 250 million of them are expected to have been sold.
However, the move did not imply the end of the N-Gage device, as a gaming handset. Plans are on the anvil for the release of a limited-edition silver model.
According to Nokia sources, the move was about widening the appeal of the N-Gage gaming community. According to Mr. Weiner, the quality of mobile phone games would increase exponentially due to the advent of the smartphone as well as the rapid development of other enabling technologies.
As of today, mobiles are much more powerful due to the incorporation of innovative graphics technology. Established game publishers such as Electronic Arts are pumping in more money in developing a host of mobile games.
The expansion would make life easier for game developers. They would not be required to make different versions of the same game to work on different devices.
By 2009, around 220 million people are expected to be playing games on mobile phones.
“Casual gamers,” playing for short periods of time are attracted to some games and are different from hard-core console game players.
According to sources in Nokia, the new titles for N-Gage, would appeal to the more serious multiplayer games fans also.