News has a story
co-creator, and gaming guru, John Carmack's latest FPS megahit Orcs & Elves
; only thing is, it's not based
on some new super-engine that he hand-coded -- using only one hand, mind you -- while building rocketships with the
other. Nope, it's a cell phone game. And it's not even an FPS really, it's "an interpolated first-person
action-adventure sort of RPG." Err, right.
So why return to cell phone gaming so soon after the
unlikely hit of last year's Doom
? Sure, Fountainhead
, the game design company
working on Orcs & Elves
for EA (who bought Doom RPG
publisher Jamdat last year) is run by Carmack's Mrs., but there has to be more to get one of PC gaming's biggest
power-developers trading in his Ferrari for a Yugo. His vision: "'I do sort of have this grand scheme of, we do
Orcs & Elves
and we do a sequel and we go into this massively multiplayer Orcs & Elves
world.' He sees people connecting across their cell phones, using the phone's built-in speaker and earpiece to
communicate through the fantasy world."
Some Verizon customers can get the game this Sunday, with
additional cell phone platforms available in July.