Microsoft will introduce Xbox and PC games to iOS later this year, with “other smartphone platforms” also mentioned in a Reuters report from Monday. According to Nikkei, Japanese smartphone game maker Klab Inc. is spearheading the project; the presence of Microsoft’s own gaming properties on competing mobile ecosystems is big. The first title expected to hit Apple’s ecosystem will be a free-to-play version of Age of Empires; other titles will follow, but at this early stage, it’s unclear what will be next.
Apple is finally opening up to iOS’s bustling gaming world with third-party controller support, so there are definitely new avenues to explore. The report from Nikkei, where the rumor is originating from, doesn’t specifically mention Microsoft’s own Windows Phone platform, which is odd, but we’d expect the company to also develop some big titles for its own mobile ecosystem down the road. There’s very little information thus far, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled if anything else hits.