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Digital Extremes: iPad will encroach on console's territory

But Darkness 2 project director Sheldon Carter isn't worried about their future

Darkness 2 project director Sheldon Carter has said he believes that mobile devices, including the Apple iPad, will become a real competitor for gamers' attention in the future.

"I think the home console experience is going to be with us for a long time. Do I think that the iPad will encroach? Absolutely, it has to," said Carter in an interview with CVG. "You think about how many iPads are out there already, iPads and other mobile devices. But I don't think it'll be exclusive, I don't think that just because somebody buys one of those things they wouldn't buy a console."

"I think there's always going to be a market for high-end, for people who just want to play the most cutting edge.I think there's always going to be a market for, I want to flop down on the couch and sit back."

Carter was also open minded about the idea of creating a Darkness game for the Apple tablet.

"As a thought experiment yeah I think it'd be pretty awesome. Swiping with the demon arm and grabbing with the demon arm on an iPad, that'd be pretty cool."

Digital Extremes is based in Canada. As well as developing The Darkness 2, the team has a strong background in assisting other developers with multi-platform releases, including Homefront for PC and Bioshock for PS3.

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Latest comments (2)

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Not in my house. I refuse to be tied to a product with a digital-only tether when it comes to getting games (no matter how god they might be). That and the always shitty data mining, theft and other issues that get "George Oh-welled" by tech writers (as if this crap would be acceptable on a retail level? Hell no!).

Of course, the millions of Apple sheep will disagree otherwise, but I just laugh when I hear them gripe about how long it takes to transfer a few songs around on iTunes (but still go through that hell).

That and once bandwidth caps start popping up from the different service providers here, it's going to hurt some heavier users who play a lot of games a month who glom onto tablets as their main games platform.

PLUS Apple's STUPID touch screen suit (if they win, it sucks for everyone, period)...

Meh, whatever - at this point, if there's not an industry implosion in about 3-4 years, I'll be surprised. Too much convergence isn't always the best thing...
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 5 years ago
I'm sorry, but an 'iPad' can never replace real consolegaming, the biggest reason is it's smallscreen, and it's lack of good controls.. Never will tablet gaming be a replacement for sitting in front of a bigscreen tv..
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