It seems this fact has clicked with yet another industry developer (or rather just came public). Deus Ex and Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector remains optimistic that Nintendo can rise out of the shadows. In an interview with GameSpot, the gaming industry trouper held that counting Nintendo out is a foolhardy move.
Warren Spector: “I’ve been pretty up front about my enthusiasm for Nintendo. I think we need a company that’s dedicated to games. Every time I visit Nintendo, I’m relieved to have spent time in a place where you can just feel how much everyone loves games,” Spector said. “And, really, how many times have people written Nintendo off? I think you underestimate them at your peril.”
As outlined in Nintendo’s financial report, the company’s three-pronged strategy to invigorate the Wii U embraces shipping crucial first-party titles out in a consistent manner, perfecting its marketing strategy, and decreasing manufacturing expenses.
Spector also discussed life after the closing of Junction Point in January. Currently, he has not yet decided if he’ll return to the industry, but he is still very much prevalent as he will head up a new game development program at the University of Texas at Austin and will also give the keynote address at October’s Captivate
Warren Spector: “I was exhausted and pretty burned out when [Junction Point Studios] closed. You try working 30 years without a vacation! I kind of got it in my head that I’d stay home until I got bored, whenever that might be,” Spector said. “I didn’t want to go out and look for anything, but I spread the word that I’d talk to anybody who wanted to talk to me–from startup to multinational corporation. I’d listen, and if the perfect thing showed up, I’d do it.”
Warren Spector: “Honestly, I was kind of hoping nothing that good would show up! Lots of people wanted to talk–very flattering!–and, damn it, there were a handful I couldn’t just reject out of hand,” he added. “So I’m talking to some people and seeing how perfect the opportunities are. You may see me coming back soon. Or you may not. I’m playing it by ear.”