Late last month former Origin General Manager Neil Young announced that he was leaving Electronic Arts after eleven years with the company, and news about his next project has just started to surface. MocoNews is reporting that Young's new company is focusing on advanced games for the second generation iPhone. Some of his thoughts on the potential for this market are quoted below. After departing Origin in April 1999, Young went on to lead Maxis, EALA and EA Blueprint most recently. Westwood founder Louis Castle will be taking over as head of that EA division. In the late '90s Young was also a big supporter of the Wing Commander CIC, so we wish him good luck on his new venture.
On a more granular level, Young said that means: “I want customers to feel like there’s somebody out there that’s building games, that’s financing games, that’s helping games get made that take advantage of what the device does really well, and gets beyond porting a PSP game or a DS game...The iPhone is a unique device, right? It has a camera in it. It will be a 3G phone. It will have GPS. It has a touch screen. It has accelerometers. It’s got good graphics performance. It’s got all your media on there. My instinct is, the type of games that will make people want to buy more iPhones or more devices of that class are the types of things that really showcase the capabilities and bring what we know as game designers together with what Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has delivered as a platform to create compelling and exciting new experiences.”