F2P The Simpsons: Tapped Out coming to iOS soon

EA is reportedly only a few weeks away from taking the Simpson family out of Springfield and onto an iOS device near you.

CNET is telling us that the publishing giant will be releasing The Simpsons: Tapped Out for iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPad in the coming weeks. The game will be entirely free to download, but will support itself through microtransactions, continuing the ongoing trend in mobile gaming. In Tapped Out‘s case, players will have the option to speed up the game’s progress by purchasing “donuts,” the game’s version of virtual currency.

“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,” EA’s SVP of global publishing for mobile and social Bernard Kim tells CNET.

“Hardcore Simpsons fans will get a lot of it,” he adds, and he may very well be correct, as some of the prolific animated series’ writers and voice actors helped contribute to the title.

As for story details, the game will feature Homer accidentally causing a nuclear explosion within Springfield, leading players to then rebuild the city through various quests. Various characters will be unlocked along the way, including the entire Simpson family, side characters like Duffman and Hans Moleman, and various others to be added over time.

There is still no firm launch date for the title at the moment, but we do know that EA will also be releasing an Android version of the game a few months after the initial iOS launch.