Media Molecule Wants Games Made in Dreams to be Published Beyond the PS4
Media Molecule’s Dreams has allowed players to make some pretty crazy games of their own, including a Final Fantasy 7 remake, a kaiju monster simulator, and even a few Game of Thrones tributes. Now Media Molecule says they want to see the games you all make in Dreams, which is a PS4 exclusive, be published on “other devices and beyond,” according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at the View Conference in Turin, Italy, Media Molecule co-founder and art director Kareem Ettouney said that the studio is looking into creating a commercial license for intellectual property created in Dreams’ suite of game creation tools.
“The very limited exporting features the moment are like exporting a video, but we have in the long-term [plans for] exporting a standalone game outside of Dreams entirely — exporting to other devices and beyond,” Ettouney said. Originally, Ettouney said there was already a commercial license available, but Media Molecule clarified to GI.biz in an email that it was just something they were looking into currently.
Currently, the only way to play or explore other Dreams creations is to load them up on your own PS4. “But step one is to show our intent,” Ettouney continued. “So that from the very beginning we are doing this commercial concept, which means that everything you do in Dreams is yours. You can use it. People in the Dreams community have already been using it to make graphic design, album covers and stuff like that. Using it for their portfolios and showreels. Totally, the answer is yes. We have plans, features and dreams [of our own], and we hope to make it go to the 11th degree, so that people can celebrate their creations completely.”
When asked if Dreams would ever come to PC or Mac, Ettouney was equally affirming.
“The answer to every question is ‘yes’, but Dreams needs to reach a lot of people first,” Ettouney said, with obvious hesitation. “Our goal for Dreams is to last for 20 years, and keep expanding it and keep adding to it and keep improving it.”Ettouney also said that Media Molecule planned on eventually developing a sort of “Pro” version of Dreams with an expanded tool set and functionality.
The popularity of Dreams, which officially released in April this year, has managed to last beyond a more typical 1-2 month window. That’s in large part thanks to the ability to share created content and create video footage of a user’s game in-action, which has kept it in the news with plenty of videos of whacky (or downright inspiring) creations. Currently, Dreams is still a PS4 exclusive title.
In any case, Dreams will probably be around for a long while, since it’s more of a tool set than it is a strictly defined game. On the technological side of things, hear how we think Dreams will bridge the gap between the PS4 and the PS5.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/dreamer for IGN.