Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian is working on an exciting new venture to bring serious games to the mobile space. Right now details are lacking, but according to the Facebook page for the company, known as Industrial Toys, they are committed to creating "great mobile games for core gamers," 'core' being a slightly less pornographic term for 'hardcore' gamers.
As you probably know, Bungie is the company behind the Marathon series and, of course, the juggernaut that is Halo. Seropian's talents are hardly limited to shooters, however, as he was also behind Wideload Games, creators of such fine titles as the hilarious Stubbs the Zombie, and he's not alone at Industrial Toys.
Also on the team are former DreamWorks R&D manager Brent Please, and, according to president Tim Harris, via DroidGamers, they've also got “some kickass art talent from ex-Marvel and DC people.”
No information on what kind of games the company plans on releasing, or when we should expect to see a product from them. Hopefully they'll be able to find the sweet spot and combine the quality of traditional gaming with the advantages of mobile, as their corporate description says that they'll be “mobile to the core, with games that let you have an immersive session at home that blows your mind apart as well as a 30-second experience that still moves you forward while you're waiting on the bus.”
According to hints that have been dropped on the company's Twitter account (@IndustrialToys, if you're interested in checking it out), they're going to be focused on bringing their games to iOS first, before branching off to other platforms. Interestingly, this came in response from a follower's question regarding their games being on Windows Phone, so it looks like that definitely might be a possibility in the future.
Seropian was most recently heading up the core gaming team at Disney Interactive, since Wideload Games was acquired by them back in 2009. Needless to say, we can't wait to see what Industrial Toys will bring to the table, and we'll get you up to date on any developments as soon as we hear about them.