Id Software Working On iPhone Game, Compares iPhone To PS2, Xbox
John Carmack of id Software, creators of the classic game Doom, says that their company is currently working on an original game to be released exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. He also notes that they were hoping to have it done in time for the App Store’s launch, but that scheduling and resources didn’t line up in time to make it happen.
“I really regret not having something at launch,” says Carmack. Still, he adds that they are looking forward to releasing their game for the Apple handheld.
“We have a title we want to develop exclusively for iPhone,” he says. “I’m not announcing anything specifically, but it would be a graphical tour de force.”
Anna Kang, president of id Mobile, notes that “it would not be a new IP,”but would instead fit in with one of their earlier titles, which includes Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Orcs & Elves.
Carmack also praises the iPhone line as particularly appealing, in part because it allows games to be dozens of megabytes in file size due to it’s large storage capacity, rather than the kilobytes that most phones’ on-board storage allows for. He also says that the iPhone is unusually powerful for it’s size.
“The iPhone, as a device, is in the same generation power-wise as the PS2 or Xbox,” he says. “The graphics are a little lower but the RAM is a lot higher. … You could easily spend $10 million on an iPhone game, but the market just can’t support that yet.”
He also said that they are looking into the possibility of creating a Massively multiplayer (MMO) game through cellphones. “I want to go step by step — where we do a multiplayer game, then multiplayer with some persistence, then maybe further,” Carmack said.