BioWare is a company that’s known for its big titles, like Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age. The one thing all these have in common is their size; in terms of length, depth, and scope, BioWare adventures and RPGs are all epic. But BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk says the company is currently working on a small-scale MMO and is looking at titles for non-console platforms.
Speaking at the opening keynote at this year’s Develop Conference in Brighton, Zeschuk says “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.”
“Really, it’s about online. We’re obviously working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, a big MMO. But we’re working on smaller MMO-type games across the group – things all over the space,” says Zeschuk.
But BioWare’s future plans aren’t entirely restricted to small-scale MMOs on the PC. Zeschuk also points to the rising popularity of gaming on mobile devices, like the iPhone and iPad. “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,” explains Zeschuk.
“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,” says Zeschuk.
Still, that doesn’t mean that BioWare is abandoning work on the sorts of epic titles longtime fans have come to expect. “We’re going to continue to do triple-A console, but we’re also going to be exploring pretty aggressively,” says Zeschuk, reassuring the company’s fans that BioWare “is still going to do the giant stuff.”
July 14, 2010
Source: Gamingbolt via CVG