Everyone who follows gaming knows that developer Bioware is hard-at-work on the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, but according to a remarks made by Bioware's Greg Zeschuk at the European Develop Conference, the company is also working on a smaller-scale MMO.
Details are scarce on what that means, exactly, but here's the quote, from Eurogamer:
"We're obviously working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, a big MMO. But we're working on smaller MMO type game games across the group - things all over the space."
Zeschuk went on to say:
"We explored lots of different kinds of games. We did some Facebook stuff. We did an iPhone game for Mass Effect. It wasn’t the best one – people point that out to us. We learned the hard way. The learning there was you have to iterate. The team went back and made some more games that we never released that were way better. Large scale MMOs. Small scale MMOs. We're going to continue to do triple-A console, but we're also going to be exploring pretty aggressively."
When pressed for more concrete details, Zeschuk said "It can be almost anything."
The gist of Zeschuk comments is that big console releases are becoming a thing of the past, and the gaming space is moving more and more to multiple formats. This opens up a host of new possibilities, but also means something will be left behind. There's still something special about slipping the DVD or Blu-Ray of a huge game into your system and living in another universe entirely. Hopefully, that "core" experience will translate to different platforms.
As for what Bioware is working on specifically, I would guess they're working on ways of extending the Old Republic experience to other devices, a definitely positive possibility.