Farmville company wants to expand across platforms

Zynga boss Pincus hints at Xbox deal

Microsoft and Zynga, two software giants from opposite ends of the gaming spectrum, may have forged an unlikely partnership that could bring games like Cityville to the Xbox platform.

The financial priorities of both companies may be too polarised for any such agreement to be met, yet Zynga CEO Mark Pincus suggested that console interaction is something the social games giant is working towards.

"Right now Zynga is building back-end technology so that your game state can be saved and served up in difference screens and devices,” Pincus said in an interview with GigaOM.

“The interaction cues will take cue from the different devices,” he said.

“In other words, you can play a game on a computer and call it up on Xbox and you resume from the point you left off, except the game play will now be customized for the Xbox controller.”

Microsoft has not hitherto indicated any interest in free-to-play games on its premium console. However, COO John Schappert was once a key figure in the Xbox division and may still have a strong relationship with the Windows company’s executive arm.

Develop has contacted both companies for comment.

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