BioWare (Mass Effect, Dragon Age) was in attendance at the Develop Conference this morning and, at their keynote, they revealed that they are investigating different areas of opportunity for the company to expand.
In regards to what’s hot today, BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk admits that they’ve been exploring Flash, iPhone and browser games as potential platforms – although we may never see some of these creations. He also announced that they are working on a “small scale MMO”.
“We explored lots of different kinds of games. We did some Facebook stuff. We did an iPhone game for Mass Effect. It wasn’t the best one — people point that out to us. We learned the hard way. The learning there was you have to iterate. The team went back and made some more games that we never released that were way better. Large scale MMOs. Small scale MMOs. We’re going to continue to do triple-A console, but we’re also going to be exploring pretty aggressively.”
BioWare is known for their in-depth game titles, mainly Mass Effect and Dragon Age as well as the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO. However, based on the current trends, Zeschuk sees the possibility of the future of gaming and is interested in expanding to new possibilities – in addition to pushing out their top notch IP’s.
“The future isn’t necessarily on console, that’s the past. It’s going to be a strong thing going forward, but the future is in all of these new businesses that are starting up. There will be some stuff you’ll see down the road, within the next year, that shows what we’re doing in that regard.”
Zeschuk also elaborated on what’s catching his attention to look into other outputs:
“We want to expand because, you look at what kids are playing on. Kids are playing on iPhones and iPads. The 3DS looks pretty amazing. All these platform options, we want to be touching on all those. We did one DS game. We actually had another DS game in development at one point but decided to hold off on that and look at iPhone instead.”
This is pretty routine with most development companies lately with the recent explosion of mobile gaming, and even a potential second life of PC gaming. There are other platforms that are starting to knock on the console’s doors.
I can understand the move first hand. I love my Xbox 360 and power it on whenever I can to catch up on the huge back catalog of piled up games, but my iPhone is such a convenient device to play games on at any time of the day. Additionally, with Steam’s expansion to Mac, computer gaming has made a huge comeback in my routine.
This is in no way a time where consoles are a dying breed and only one platform or device can reign supreme. I think we’re evolving into a multiple device generation, with options that fit into everyone’s diverse lifestyles. Developers notice this and are preparing to get their content to every gamer possible.
What do you think of developers expanding their outlets? What do you think the future platform will be?