Posted on December 18, 2007,

Warren Spector Talks About His Future


One of the most beloved developers in the games industry is Warren Spector. As someone who worked on both System Shock and Deux Ex, he’s become an icon to PC gamers. He’s been quiet for some time now, having formed Junction Point Studios back in 2005 which has yet to produce anything to show for itself. When the company was acquired by Disney, longtime fans didn’t know what to make of it – his prior work wasn’t exactly what you’d expect Disney to want from him.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Spector discussed how gamers are going to go crazy when they see what his new game is released – whatever it may be – as well as not being involved in the development of Deus Ex 3 and what time he has left in the industry.

What is particularly noteworthy is that Spector mentioned that, given the average development cycle on games, he’s likely to only work on three to five more games in his career.

The bottom line is I’ve made something like eighteen games now, in some capacity. I’ve been producer, designer, director in eighteen big games, forgetting about mission packs. And I have no problems in saying I’m 52 years old. I’m one of the oldest people still actively engaged in game development in the world right now. There’s probably 20 of us in my age bracket.

And I still love the medium, but there’s a couple of factors. Firstly, my attitudes about life, the universe and everything have changed. And so I want to make games that more reflect my interests, and not so much the interests of an 18-year-old in a frat house who likes to frag.

Read the full interview here.

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