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BlackBerry PlayBook to Ship with Tetris and Need for Speed Undercover Preloaded!

Need for speed

RIM put out a joint announcement with EA today that they will be preloading Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris games on the BlackBerry PlayBook at launch. They don’t clearly state that these games will be free but I am hoping that is implied by them being “available for hours of entertaining gameplay.” It would be a brilliant move on RIM’s part to license and preload a nice set of games and apps on the PlayBook to limit arguments of App World having less available apps. It would cost them bupkes relatively and would give the platform a huge boost.

EA seems pretty excited about the PlayBook with some nice boilerplate comments for the platform:

"BlackBerry PlayBook owners are in for a thrill playing Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris when the new tablet launches," said Travis Boatman, Vice President of Worldwide Studios for EA Mobile. "Bringing these games to the BlackBerry PlayBook is an exciting way for EA to deliver exciting experiences to more consumers on a brand new device. The quality built into EA’s games showcases the BlackBerry PlayBook’s performance and appeals to a wide audience of consumers."

Check out the full announcement below:

EA’s Need for Speed Undercover and the Tetris Game Coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook at Launch

WATERLOO, ONTARIO and REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 10, 2011) – When users turn on their new BlackBerry® Playbook™ tablet for the first time, they had better be prepared for some fun and excitement with two iconic games from Electronic Arts preloaded* and available for hours of entertaining gameplay – Need for Speed™ Undercover, the high-octane action game, and Tetris®, one of the world’s most popular video games of all time.

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) made the announcement today, ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress, (February 14 to February 17, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain) where the companies will demonstrate Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris running on the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook and showcasing the tablet’s next generation high definition 3D capabilities.

"The BlackBerry PlayBook is an ideal tablet for gaming with an incredibly intuitive touch interface, high end multimedia features and groundbreaking performance that allows apps to run smoothly and quickly," said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion. "We are thrilled to work with EA to offer the popular Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris to BlackBerry PlayBook users right out of the box."

"BlackBerry PlayBook owners are in for a thrill playing Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris when the new tablet launches," said Travis Boatman, Vice President of Worldwide Studios for EA Mobile. "Bringing these games to the BlackBerry PlayBook is an exciting way for EA to deliver exciting experiences to more consumers on a brand new device. The quality built into EA’s games showcases the BlackBerry PlayBook’s performance and appeals to a wide audience of consumers."

The ultra portable BlackBerry PlayBook looks and feels great, measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound. It features a vivid 7-inch high-resolution display that is highly-responsive, with a fluid touch screen experience for apps and content services. The BlackBerry PlayBook is a multitasking powerhouse, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and the new BlackBerry® Tablet OS.

Known for delivering unparalleled white-knuckle racing, creative customization and street style, the Need for Speed series has generated over $3B in life-to-date sales and has become a powerful pop culture phenomenon.

Tetris, licensed to EA by The Tetris Company, is one of the best-selling games of all time with more than 100 million paid mobile downloads. EA has developed the Tetris game on more than 15 different platforms to date.

EA Mobile has a solid reputation for its pioneering and market leadership in mobile gaming. For more information about EA Mobile, please visit www.EAMobile.com, join the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EAMobile or follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EAMobile.

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  1. Thats just awesome. They are getting the support of the right companies. I hope this starts a great relationship with EA to bring a lot more games to the platform.

  2. I did not see this one coming. Pretty cool. EA is a great partner to have. I’m a little suspicious that the games might be trials and we’ll have to pay after getting totally hooked. I agree that it would be a very smart move to preload the full versions. One more reason to go with the PlayBook.

  3. I would believe the mark up in price (at least from my point of view…) is justified partially with the apps/games that are preloaded. Would be really nice if Documents 2 Go would be available for free.
    Hmmm, Wouldn’t it be nice that all previously purchased software on a BlackBerry would have it’s compatible version for the Playbook and…be free to the original software purchaser? 😀

  4. Very Nice. EA Games are some of the only game I like to spend money on for my Berry

  5. Yeah I’m pretty sure these are just preloaded demos but I still can’t wait to see them in action next week. I’m assuming the games can pack some serious punch with the hardware available to it.

  6. I have a feeling that a full version of Docs2Go will be included on the Playbook. Can’t see them leaving a key piece of software like this off an enterprise tablet.

  7. I think rim merged d2g in..:D

  8. AWWWWWSUM….. now i can beat it again on my other favorite platform!

  9. Will be interesting indeed if they aren’t trials or limited otherwise and use in-app payments for stuff like more cars and upgrades and etc.

  10. this is GREAT!!!!!!

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