More news from Namco Bandai’s recently formed Apple Games Division, which is now looking to bring in some legendary classic arcade titles including Soulcalibur and Tekken to the iPhone, iPod touch and other similar devices (iProd, anyone?)
Interviewed by Kotaku, Namco’s newly-hired Apple games chief, Jonathan Kromrey, talks the talk, saying the company is looking into how to make its heavyweight console classics work using Apple’s control UI’s. Might we see voice controlled titles soon?
“My charge is to make games that are the best for the iPod touch and iPhone," explains Kromrey. "There is a gold rush to do Apps for the App store and Namco is at the forefront of that movement."
In future the company plans to introduce a huge range of titles for Apple’s platforms, ranging from casual gaming titles to action and adventure titles.
“In the past Namco’s been known for its depth of arcade experience, games like Pac-Man, Galaga, Soulcalibur and Tekken," he said. “I’m here to champion new things, new IP, to discover what the new Pac-Man is for the iPhone."
He also talked a little about price, and from what he said it suggests Namco titles will be available at prices up to around $5, with some classics offered for slightly more.
‘Course, what we think may happen here at 9to5Mac is that Apple will open up a new Pro games store on the App Store. Here it will offer titles in higher resolution than their iPhone/iPod touch equivalents. These titles will be sufficiently high res to run on your TV using an Apple TV, on your iTablet/iProd/Apple’s biggest secret ever that everyone is talking about/whatever...will they also run on Mac?
We hope so. Apple’s serious about gaming these days…