John Blau at PCWorld:
Several big companies in the mobile phone and gaming industry, including Microsoft and Nokia, are teaming to support an open gaming architecture designed to lower development costs, speed up delivery times and create richer content, the group said Friday.
In addition to Microsoft and Nokia, the mobile gaming development alliance includes Electronic Arts, Symbian, Samsung Electronics, Texas Instruments (TI), Activision, Digital Chocolate, Ideaworks3D, Konami, MontaVista Software, SK Telecom, Square Enix, and Tao Group.
By working together, the group hopes to streamline the process for developing games for multiple handset models and operating systems, and reduce the current platform fragmentation in mobile phone gaming market.
Given the variety of phones and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Symbian, Linux) it’s going to support, it’ll have to be the Swiss Army knife of architectures. The first reference implementation is expected in 2H2006 though, so they must have a pretty good idea of what the end product will be. More details in the full press release.