Bungie co-founder bringing hardcore games to mobile

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.

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What we need is a way to play the game on my iPad 3, but use my iPhone 4s as a Controller. Much like you can do with 'Choppa2' or whatever it's called on the iOS and Mac App Store.

CPressland said,
What we need is a way to play the game on my iPad 3, but use my iPhone 4s as a Controller. Much like you can do with 'Choppa2' or whatever it's called on the iOS and Mac App Store.

Hmmm...

2D Racing game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN5_oiDqMew
SNES Emulator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZujuP960b0
FIFA 12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4GOKO45gU8
Chopper 2 does have Bluetooth controls, too, not just to the Mac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CDlKF63iiM&t=35s

And probably a couple more...

Hooray!

GS:mac

Edited by Glassed Silver, Feb 28 2012, 3:52am :

We need officially endorsed and heavily supported (OS level API/driver ecosystem) for things like the iControlPad.
Hardcore gaming has no place in a world full of touch-only or tilt controls (don't get me started on the latter one!)

GS:ios

They should just stick to proper portable gaming device if they want to do "hardcore" games. Things like the 3ds and maybe the vita(if its sales don't tank in a week or two like they did in japan). Trying to make hardcore games on a phone will just fail no matter what and be a waste of their time and money.

Blackhearted said,
They should just stick to proper portable gaming device if they want to do "hardcore" games. Things like the 3ds and maybe the vita(if its sales don't tank in a week or two like they did in japan). Trying to make hardcore games on a phone will just fail no matter what and be a waste of their time and money.

Try that to Epic which made tons of Money with Infinity Blade series. Like it or not the iOS platform is major gaming platform in mobile games.

I don't believe that "hardcore" gaming can take place on a phone. A phone does not allow, in most cases, the precision or controls that are required of core games. I'd rather the two stay more separated. If i want a lighter, few minute experience i'll whip out my phone. If i want to have a deeper, more "hardcore" experience, i'll use a console or computer.

Tharp Daddy said,
I don't believe that "hardcore" gaming can take place on a phone. A phone does not allow, in most cases, the precision or controls that are required of core games. I'd rather the two stay more separated. If i want a lighter, few minute experience i'll whip out my phone. If i want to have a deeper, more "hardcore" experience, i'll use a console or computer.

I guess this means they are only making the games for an xperia play.

SierraSonic said,

I guess this means they are only making the games for an xperia play.

Please stop trying to be funny.

'Core' short for hardcore never made sense to me. Taking away the 'hard' from core would seem to signify that it is no longer hardcore; regular 'core' if you will. And the opposite softcore could arbitrarily be shortened to the same thing.