Apple has a tendency to lead the charge on gaming when it comes to the mobile market, something that has fallen into their lap, and they’ve run with ever since. Now that the Watch is official, it looks like companies within the gaming industry are already eyeing the new wearable as another avenue to get games out there.
In a new Q&A published by CNET, featuring Frank Gibeau, EA’s chief of mobile gaming, the new Watch from Apple is a perfect device to expand the idea of gaming to those who want to take advantage of the new platform offered by the device.
“We have two teams prototyping wearable experiences that are not only standalone, but also tie into mobile games played on other devices.“
So, it looks like EA is looking to not only build games that work as standalone products on the Watch, but that also work in conjunction with other games on other platforms, like tablets. Digging a bit deeper into that idea, Gibeau outlined how a user could do some smaller tasks, like crafting weapons, or trading with other players, on the watch when they’re away from their other gaming unit (be it the tablet or home video game console), and then return to the game with the changes made later in the day.
“Or you could do crafting, or some other auction trading on your watch that goes back into your tablet game that you might check out later when you get home.“
Gibeau says that EA is “pretty excited about it,” and that there is a lot of room to grow with this particular branch of gaming. They believe that the experience will be wholly unique, and built around the platform to make quick gaming that much better:
“The user experience is different. The session lengths on console are an hour, the session lengths on mobile are two minutes, so there needs to be profound differences between the two for them to be successful.“
What do you think of the idea of gaming on your wearable? Is that something you could get into?
The Apple Watch launches in early 2015, and will start at $349.