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Bioware Interested In Expanding Mobile Development

Felix Kemp
BioWare, iOS, Mass Effect Galaxy, Mobile games

Bioware Interested In Expanding Mobile Development

But Only "Logical Extensions"

It's been almost three years since Mass Effect Galaxy, the top-down iOS shooter. It wasn't particularly well-received, but Bioware has announced plans to renew its interest in mobile development, but is cautious to jump the gun. Speaking to Joystiq, co-founder Greg Zeschuk revealed Android and iOS development is "definitely something we're looking at", but of Bioware's hundreds of staff, Zeschuk has tasked just one individual to explore "logical extensions to what we do".

"We did that iOS Mass Effect Galaxy thing really early. We said, 'We should just try this and see what happens.'," Zeschuk told Joystiq. A top-down shooter sporting a unique cel-shaded aesthetic, Galaxy was criticized for its repetitive combat and unintuitive controls. As such, Bioware's interest in mobile gaming appeared to cool, but Zeschuk has admitted at least one Bioware employee is exploring further possibilities.

"What we do a lot is we'll actually explore a platform and kinda play around with it," he went on to explain, before revealing that if the studio finds a "logical extension" to their work in mobile development, you can expect to see further Mass Effect and maybe even Dragon Age titles hit your Android or iOS-equipped devices.

"That's one of the biggest benefits of being at EA," Zeschuk said. "We have EA Interactive, who does tons and tons of mobile stuff." He confirmed Bioware and EA Interactive have been "sharing ideas", but it appears to be early days just yet. What say you, then, Dealspwners? Should Bioware expand its mobile development work? Or should they simply concentrate on ensuring their waning quality improves? [Joystiq]

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