Warren Spector believes the future of games lies in connectivity between consoles and smartphones.
Speaking with Polygon, Spector said Disney CEO John Pleasants has made “a very compelling case for the future,” in that gaming needs to be diverse and on the go.
Spector said in the future, he would like to explore “the connection between the little supercomputer we all have in our pockets and [consoles].”
“How do you make game that… I’m going to use a charged word, but how do you make a real game on a device that has no buttons or sticks? ” Spector asked. “I have no idea. How do you make a real game on a device where a user — which is all of us — where the user’s been trained to expect an experience they can get to in 5 minutes while they’re waiting on line for a cup of coffee? I have no idea.”
Spector expects portable platforms to be more powerful than the next PlayStation, and may connect to television sets. With over a billion smartphone users, he suspects that is the market to target with development.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Spector said. “I make the games I want to make. I’m going to continue to do that [...] Anybody who doesn’t work for Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, who isn’t thinking about how do I get a billion people with an Android, iOS or Microsoft phone in their pocket…how they interact with my hardware… If they’re not thinking about that, they’re not thinking hard enough.”
Spector’s Epic Mickey 2 and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion are slated for release later this year.