Codemasters co-founder David Darling CBE, whose contributions to the British games industry include the hugely influential series Dizzy in the 1980s, is heralding the end of the game console era; in a blog post on the official website of his new studio, Kwalee, he likened consoles to “dinosaurs heading for extinction” which “must now adapt to a new environment where platforms like Steam, Facebook and Apple’s App Store are pushing innovation”.
Kwalee will apparently focus on “social multiplayer mobile games”, taking advantage of input methods like touch screens which were pioneered by mobile devices like the iPhone – although apparently failing to acknowledge that many of these “mobile-exclusive” features are in fact available on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita consoles as well. Their first game, Pussy Flip, will be available for iOS next month.
You can read Darling’s entire blog post, which is accompanied by an endearing picture of console-shaped dinosaurs facing a giant iPhone asteroid (also seen above), on the Kwalee website here. You can also find more information and receive updates about Pussy Flip on the studio’s Facebook page here.