While it may have taken EA several months to release iOS games such as The Simpsons: Tapped Out on Android, the publisher has narrowed the gap with Real Racing 3.
The third iteration of the racing franchise recently made its debut on iOS, and the Android version is available now on Google Play.
As on iOS, Real Racing 3 is a free-to-play experience and is available as a free download.
“By developing Real Racing 3 to be a freemium title, we’ve removed the barrier of entry, thereby expanding the game’s audience and making it easier to find multiplayer opponents, as well as giving players the freedom to enjoy the game when and how they want,” EA All Play Label senior vice president and general manager, Nick Earl, said.
Earl adds that all of the game’s content is available for free without players needing to pay to progress.
“With Real Racing 3’s console-quality graphics, realistic gameplay and unparalleled depth of content, the Real Racing franchise is once again raising the bar for mobile games,” he said.
Players that want to accelerate their experience by speeding up car servicing and upgrade wait times can use virtual currency, which can either be purchased or earned through racing events, levelling-up, obtaining trophies and competing with friends.
Developed by Firemonkeys, the same studio behind Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Mass Effect: Infiltrator, the game features 46 licensed vehicles covering three classes, a 22 car grid across real world tracks, eight event types and over 900 events.
One of Real Racing 3’s new features is Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM), a feature that allows players to race against their friends, even if they have different devices or if they are offline.
Firemonkeys general manger, Tony Lay, characterises the multiplayer technology in Real Racing 3 as “some of the most advanced in the industry today.”
“Time Shifted Multiplayer adapts everyone’s racing styles to competing cars on the track using leaderboards and previous times to emulate how they’d drive those courses,” he said.
“Now everyone will be able to battle against each other for bragging rights on the track anytime, anywhere in a more realistic manner.”
To download Real Racing 3 for free, go to http://www.firemonkeys.com.au/downloadR3.
PC World has confirmed that the current version of the game is not playable on Tegra 3 enabled Android devices such as the HTC One X.