EA readies F2P Simpsons game

EA is weeks away from releasing The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a free-to-play game for iOS devices.

CNET reports that EA has committed significant resources to the project, using the cartoon's writers and voice actors. The game starts with Homer causing a nuclear explosion that wipes out Springfield, tasking the player with rebuilding it, completing quests and unlocking characters along the way.

EA's Bernard Kim said: "We want this to be one of the biggest titles this year. We've invested a lot. It's absolutely a top-tier development priority for us. Hardcore Simpsons fans will get a lot out of it."

The game will be a free download, supported by microtransactions, with players able to buy doughtnuts the in-game currency. No firm release date has been announced, but Tapped Out is expected on the App Store in the next few weeks, with an Android version to follow a few months later.