Spielberg & Lucas discuss the ‘Titanic’ future of gaming

Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have all discussed the future of gaming in a new panel session. Spielberg in particular wants to see immersion in games rise to unprecedented levels moving forward.

Variety reported on the panel session, which was held at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, during which Spielberg said, “The second you get the controller something turns off in the heart, and it becomes a sport. We’re never going to be totally immersive as long as we’re looking at a square, whether it’s a movie screen or whether it’s a computer screen.

“We’ve got to get rid of that and we’ve got to put the player inside the experience, where no matter where you look you’re surrounded by a three-dimensional experience. That’s the future.”

Spielberg is currently working with Microsoft to create a live-action Halo series for Xbox One, and given what he’s said above, it could be some form of transmedia cross-over similar to Remedy’s Quantum Break game and TV show combo.

Lucas expressed an interest in games geared towards females, what he described as the ‘Titanic’ of the games industry. The Star Wars creator said, “The big game of the next five years will be a game where you empathise very strongly with the characters and it’s aimed at women and girls They like empathetic games.

“That will be a huge hit and as a result that will be the ‘Titanic’ of the game industry, where suddenly you’ve done an actual love story or something and everybody will be like ‘where did that come from?’ Because you’ve got actual relationships instead of shooting people.”

What do you think of the above? When will gaming’s ‘Titanic’ moment come and who will deliver it?

Earlier today, Guillermo Del Toro discussed the nature of movie game tie-ins and how he wants them to be more substantial moving forward. He’d like to see them made with three-year dev cycles for one. Read up on what he said here.