news\ Apr 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Wargaming contemplating PS4 development


Although Wargaming is expanding its reach to console gaming, the normally PC-centric developer/publisher isn't quite ready to make the jump to next-gen consoles, like the PS4 and currently unannounced next Xbox. But looking ahead, it is certainly a possibility.

Back in January, the company acquired Day 1 Studios (F.E.A.R., Mech Assault) to develop a console game. Not much is known about the game, or its specific platforms, but Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi did say that it's not for the PlayStation 4.

"Right now, we aren't doing anything for PlayStation 4," Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi revealed, "but nobody knows what the future holds for us. As I mentioned before, the free-to-play experience can be enjoyed on any device." Kislyi was referring to earlier statements in which he said, "The hardware cannot constrain the player from getting the experience."

"Obviously with Day 1, we would like to expand our multi-platform venture. We don't have much experience working with consoles or mobile, but you should start one day. So we started with both Gas Powered and Day 1."

Kislyi is firm in his belief that whatever platform the company chooses to go with, it will ultimately be the game that determines the success. "It's all about the game, the platform alone will not do miracles. It has to be a good game concept," he said. "But we don't shut doors. Every possibility in the future, we have the power to review when it is reasonable."

"We are still doing experiments, said Kislyi, referring to Wargaming's current console game development. "It's about selecting the most cool idea for the time being, seeing if it's technologically possible, and then beginning prototyping and production. Nothing is clear, we recently acquired those two. We just think they are veteran teams making great games."

Odds are, whatever the next game turns out to be, or whatever platform it's released for, it will likely follow Wargaming's free-to-play business model. Judging by the success of World of Tanks, it seems to be working out for them.

[GamesIndustry International]

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