BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk has returned to the video game industry but it’s not in the way anyone would have expected.
According to a report by GamesIndustry, Zeschuk has joined as chairman for Biba Ventures, a startup based in Vancouver which makes mobile augmented reality apps that work with playground equipment.
Earlier this week Biba announced a new deal with playground equipment company PlayPower to build a series of Biba-supported playgrounds.
“Biba’s mobile games designed for outdoor play are just a breath of fresh air,” Zeschuk said. “PlayPower and Biba are creating a new category, an inventive way to blend our new media habits with the health benefits and joy of active outdoor play. I am inspired by the category as a game designer and father.”
According to the studio’s website, the first games will see playgrounds reimagined as wrecked robot spaceships for kids ages 3-9 to explore with the help of a virtual sidekick.
There will be physical challenges to take on along the way which kids can complete for scores and badges, that can then be compared online.
Dr. Greg Zeschuk left BioWare in 2012, stating that he would not be working in games for a while. While he did also mention that there’s a “strong possibility” of him not returning for some while, it took three years for him to get back into games.
He’ll talk more about his new venture at this year’s GDC.