Bungie Co-Founder To Focus On Mobile Gaming

Bungie Co-Founder To Focus On Mobile Gaming


Alex Seropian, who co-founded Bungie and has been working for Disney Interactive since 2009, is focusing his attention on mobile gaming, at least for the foreseeable future.

Seropian and partner Brent Pease, who was formerly the R&D manager at Dreamworks, have created a company called Industrial Toys. In a recent interview with Pocket Gamer, the company boasted about having “some kickass art talent from ex-Marvel and DC guys” on the payroll as well.

Not a lot of information about the company has emerged just yet, but we do know that they developer plans to center it’s attention on mobile platforms like iOS and Android.

“We believe that the future of gaming is about being accessible without sacrificing quality,” reads the Industrial Toys mission statement. “That mobile technology allows us the creativity to invent more dynamic gameplay. And that games are meant to develop and thrive as open collaboration between game designer and user.”

As much as I would like to think that companies like Industrial Toys are going to blur the lines between mobile games and portable consoles, I just don’t see it happening anytime soon. The recent release of the PlayStation Vita has made it pretty clear that the chasm between the casual and hardcore gamer is growing ever wider, and developers who focus on the mobile platform are going to inevitably be creating games meant to be played on the bus or between meetings.

Unless hardware developers like Apple take a realistic look at the market and dive in feet first, Nintendo and Sony will always have a home in the portable gaming biz.

Either way, I’m looking forward to what Industrial Toys has in store for the future, and hope I’m wrong about the whole mobile platform thing.

By Josh Engen

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