Consoles are the past, says BioWare

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


  • Rowdie - July 15, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    I just don't see small scale mmo on an iphone. iPad might work. In fact iPad has me more excited about mobile gaming than I've been in a long time. Think maybe atari lynx. Mobile screens have simply been too small. Still I can't see how these devices are any kind of replacement for a console. The experience on your 50 or 60" HD display with sweet audio and a couch just can not be matched.
  • busterdog82 - July 15, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    Did any of you read the article? “We’re going to continue to do triple-A console, but we’re also going to be exploring pretty aggressively,” all he's saying is that more and more people are playing games on there phones and handheld's that they carry with them on a daily basis and the BioWare should look in to making games for that market.
  • Wolverine08 - July 15, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    @db1331 completely agree, casual systems could very well destroy consoles and PCs as we know it, and then all this will hark back to the download only games issue.If you ask me, DAMN CASUAL GAMING SYSTEMS DAMN DOWNLOAD ONLY DAMN YOU APPLE (and bioware for saying such sickening CRAP) this is also worrying if other devs follow suit, it's all for greed and money, because nearly everyone from , from your gran to you mate, has an iphone. None of this crap will make me buy a iphone, consoles and PCs are and always will be the best way to play games, phones are for PHONING PEOPLE AND WASTING CASH ON USELESS APPS!!!!
  • nemesisuprising - July 15, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    I love bio ware but...fuck you good sir and have a shitty day you dumass sellout
  • DaCunt - July 15, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    I wonder how many times I've heard this capthca:about sequel The capthca fits somewhat
  • majorsuave - July 15, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    I won't buy an iPad or a 3DS or an iPhone. I own a couple Xboxes 360 and PCs and, if I have to buy another gaming device soon it'll be a PS3 and/or a faster PC. Either way, I like my gaming when I sit comfortably at home. When on the move, I listen to music. If I ever have to sit on a bus or in a waiting room, I might fancy a book or a paper copy of PC Gamer, OXM or the like. I doubt that Bioware would dedicate it's main teams on casual games though.
  • Tygerclaws - July 15, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    So, Bioware, you wanna make MMOs? Make The World (.hack) and I will love you forever, and forgive no more Mass Effects and no more Dragon Ages. Also, yes, that does include the comas. >.>
  • gmknoble - July 15, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    Gamers play on consoles, Non-gamers play on facebook and iPhones.
  • Weirdjedi - July 14, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Didn't I just read an article about how a kid didn't know what a Game Boy was and immediately tried touching the screen in hopes the little man would move? Honestly, I will never own anything other than my computer & Xbox 360 (although I feel you should at least have 1 of any of the new consoles). You ask me about an app on the iPhone and I will give you a confused look.
  • therawski - July 14, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    I think the idea of a console has changed significantly, the best blu-ray player being the ps3 for example. Or Micro$oft's Live services you could just run for free on a pc. PC games don't run on all OSs even with virtualization, and sony removed linux support on the ps3. Consoles are basically PCs in a fancy case; kinda invalidates BioWare's statement.
  • mdhammer - July 14, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    now i have to buy an ipad.
  • Bloodstorm - July 14, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    If Bioware wants to upgrade my computer every time a new game comes out, than be my guest. Until then, Consoles aren't going anywhere. PC gaming is dieing for that very reason, well, and DRM which is a whole other issue. As for iPods and iPads, they are not viable gaming sources. Jump on the bandwagon if you must Bioware. When your done trying to make a buck we will be waiting for you on real gaming machines (360, PS3 and PC's to be exact.)
  • Cyberninja - July 14, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    lets see how far they go not making games for concoles.
  • goatse345 - July 14, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    mmos use tricks to get you addicted.
  • Cwf2008 - July 14, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    This isn't gonna affect the development of Mass Effect 3 in any way is it?
  • Ultimadrago - July 14, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Everyone! Everyone! Please excuse BioWare for its slip of the tongue. They just need a day or two of realization. No need for alarm!
  • PiscesIscariot - July 14, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    I disagree. They're basically thinking "whoa! people are playing on the i pod and on the 3DS! Consoles must be dying out!"
  • killerrpgfan - July 14, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I agree with both db1331 and busterdog82. I love Bioware's games...... but i don't know if i like them that much anymore though.... haha just kidding. I like Bioware, but i don't like that he said that. I love my consoles. :)
  • yonderTheGreat - July 14, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    "Well, what they said kind of made sense seeing as the PC versions of Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect 1 and 2 sold way better than their console versions." Wow, way to keep things completely out of context. KotOR and ME1 were both console games that later had PC ports, and ME2 was a sequel to a game that most people played first on the xbox, what do you think is going to happen?
  • busterdog82 - July 14, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    @db1331 Did you ever think that iphone and ipad games could lead someone to actual gaming? It's a gateway platform.

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