iPad will 'absolutely encroach on consoles' - Darkness 2 dev

Digital Extremes says it sees Apple growth as inevitable

The Darkness 2's project director Sheldon Carter believes that portable platforms like the iPad will continue to move in on the console market.


Talking to CVG, Hill said that the sheer number of iPads in the public at the moment make it a force, but that doesn't mean he's worried about the future of the console as a platform.

"I think there's always going to be a market for high-end, for people who just want to play the most cutting edge. I think there's always going to be a market for, 'I want to flop down on the couch and sit back.'

"I think the home console experience is going to be with us for a long time. Do I think that the iPad will encroach? Absolutely, it has to. You think about how many iPads are out there already, iPads and other mobile devices.

"But I don't think it'll be exclusive, I don't think that just because somebody buys one of those things they wouldn't buy a console."

When we asked whether we could see The Darkness on handhelds in the future, Hill seemed to like the idea of the franchise on Apple devices, although the studio's current focus is on console and PC gaming.

"As a thought experiment yeah I think it'd be pretty awesome," he pondered. "Swiping with the demon arm and grabbing with the demon arm on an iPad, that'd be pretty cool."

Of course, the platform holder that has been compared most directly with Apple recently is Nintendo, thanks to the tablet design of its Wii U controller.

Nintendo insists, however, that its controller was conceived 'years before' the iPad release and that it wasn't built to compete with Apple's slab of tech.