As part of a big push to increase its presence in the video game business, Disney today announced that “Halo” co-creator Alex Seropian is joining its interactive studios unit.
Seropian was a founder of “Halo” maker Bungie but left to start a new studio, Wideload Games, in Chicago in 2002.
Disney also acquired Wideload as part of the deal.
Seropian told CNBC about his role at Disney:
His chief goal, he says, will be making games that appeal to both the core gamer and the recent influx of casual players. It’s a common ambition in the industry, but there aren’t a lot of titles that have successfully achieved it. Seropian, though, thinks Disney is well positioned to find the secret sauce.
“Look at Pixar,” he says. “They are successfully making films that appeal to both families and film nerds — and that opportunity exists in games.”
Maybe he’ll get to develop something cool with the Marvel comics portfolio.
He’ll also be working once again on games that are distributed online via Seattle, where the technical group powering Disney Interactive Studios is based.
The CNBC story noted that Disney’s tripling its investments in video games. I wonder if it’s going to buy any of the local studios.