Bungie founder heading up new core mobile game studio - Report

Halo co-creator Alex Seropian and DreamWorks manager Brent Pease create Industrial Toys, working on "mobile games for core gamers."

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Bungie Studios founder Alex Seropian has started a new game company called Industrial Toys, according to a new Pocket Gamer report. The Halo co-creator cofounded the company with DreamWorks research and development manager Brent Pease to work on "mobile games for core gamers."

Industrial Toys will reportedly make mobile games for core gamers.

Tim Harris, formerly of game firm Seven Lights, will serve as the studio's president, with former DC Comics and Marvel employees rounding out the company's first wave of hires.

Industrial Toys does not have any announced projects, and the studio did not specify which platforms it plans to develop for. The studio appears to just be getting going, as pictures posted to the company's Facebook page this week indicate the company is only just moving into its studio.

The studio's mission statement, posted to its Facebook account, reads, "We believe that the future of gaming is about being accessible without sacrificing quality. 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."

Seropian founded Bungie Studios in 1991 and was instrumental in the development of Halo: Combat Evolved, the first entry in the now-mammoth shooter series. Seropian later left Bungie and formed Wideload Games in 2004, which Disney purchased in 2009.

With that acquisition, Seropian was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of core games at Disney Interactive, the position he departed from earlier this month.

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28 comments
surppo
surppo

@kiramasaki samsung just anounced a phone with a 50" projector

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

A lot of people are negative about the growth of iOS and other mobile gaming, acting as though these mobile games may steal budget from our "core" titles... but I am of a different opinion... As long as mobile gaming grows the industry, and means MORE development and MORE games and therefore MORE gaming, then I am all for it.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

This guy is most well known for Halo a fps, that just doesnt mesh with mobile gaming. Unless he invents a portable 30 inch screen you can pop out anywhere, ala holograms, quality will always be sacrificed, especially with fps.

surppo
surppo

if there was a market for hardcore gaming on cellphones the playstation phone would be boomin. i still kinda want one though

The_Mighty_KELP
The_Mighty_KELP

I hope they make something for the 3DS... that should be amazing.

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

nice, only if i have a smart phone, make some for mobile games too

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

Ok, so if they put out this kind of game, and the game ends up being awesome, you guys won't buy it right? Because it's too mainstream, there is no place for elitism in gaming, or bettey yet, anywhere.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

"core mobile" is an oxymoron BUT HEY, maybe this studio can help us change our minds about that?

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

@balfe1990 Great minds think alike.

balfe1990
balfe1990

@Freezezzy I came in here to say literally the same thing.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I dont understand this mobile gaming hype! I cant imagine sitting ,looking down on a small display and playing a game is fun.When i play a game,its mostly about 2 hours long...not doing that on a mobile device.

Keaze_
Keaze_

As Kevin O'leary says, "the only important thing is maney"

X-RS
X-RS

Honestly sounds like they'd be "too ahead of their time". Core gamers still have their handhelds. At least gonna be another half a decade before there is any promise of mobiles being capable imo.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Core... and mobile? Does not compute.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

well that seems like a pretty stupid decision..

Anteares
Anteares

you gotta be kidding me....eff playing games other than tetris, angry birds, and plant vs. zombies games on the phone. There's no more need for phone games other than those 3.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

"mobile games for core gamers." That just doesn't read right.

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

why are they forgettin pc version of halo series?

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

since when people who only play mobile games are core gamers?

moviequest14
moviequest14

"mobile games for core gamers." lol I suppose their next program will be introducing a weight loss program to the children of Africa? Well..that is next on the list of things nobody wants,will use,and never asked for right?

vault-boy
vault-boy

@Barighm I completely agree. Mobile gaming is for people who want to take the first step into the very big and VERY scary world of developing a video game where one wrong step can ruin you and your company forever (remember John Romero?). Seeing someone who was in charge of the company that made one of my favorite series go over to the place where it is easiest to make money is just a shame.

holtrocks
holtrocks

very disappointing and obviously going where the easy money is.

Barighm
Barighm

This is a nice way for college geeks and new devs. to get started, but it's a shame to see seasoned veterans fall to the dark side.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Eh, I like my mobile gaming to just be a time waster as I'm waiting for a meeting to start. Maybe some core gamers will see a benefit, but I know I won't.