MGS Social Ops dev: ‘PC format will disappear, merge with smartphone’

Friday, 21 September 2012 14:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops developer GREE delivered the keynote address at this year’s Tokyo Games Show, along with the message that the lines between PCs and smartphones are blurring, before laying out its vision of the industry’s future.

GI.biz reports that GREE CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka said in his keynote address, “The line between PC and mobile has blurred, and that’s a trend for this year. The traditional PC will disappear, and smartphone and PC will converge to become a new platform.”

GREE is fast becoming a known name in the West for its development of Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops, but it has been a major player within the lucrative social games market in Japan.

Tanaka added that localised studios – such as Kojima Productions recently-opened LA operation and Level-5’s American studio – will become a vital tool for any publisher looking to become a prominent force in the industry.

“In three years time,” he theorised, “local development of games will be bigger. That’s why we engage in worldwide development activities. Global participation will help us come up with new ideas.”

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