Rockstar Games, the company that practically perfected the open world genre, is hiring for a new game at their San Diego offices. This specific studio (and there are a lot of them) was in charge of the Red Dead series of western games, including the very well received Red Dead Redemption back in 2010, and Midnight Club series. Could the next title be one in either series? Now we know it will at least be based upon an open world.
The studio has revealed that they’re gearing up for another game, and has posted three new job listings on Gamasutra. The jobs include a Tools Programmer, Gameplay Programmer and a Network Programmer. The programming gig specifically requests that “prospective candidates need to be ready for the challenges posed by large scale open worlds”. It doesn’t get much clearer than that. The studio has been acquiring talent over the past year, but whether that is related to this project in particular is impossible to know.
Since there are no announcements regarding the game, and no details beyond the job postings, gamers can let the speculation begin. Rockstar typically designates certain studios to handle certain titles (as is a typical for larger developers) and since the San Diego studio’s work on open world games has exclusively involved either Midnight Club or the Red Dead games, our money is on one of those.
Let’s just hope that whatever game they end up going with includes something similar to Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, which was fairly inspired — all the more impressive given the over-saturation of zombie games and add-ons in the market today. Cowboys vs. Zombies may have had the makings of a disaster, but the result was more than impressive. Six-shooters and the undead? Enough said.
Because we love adding fuel to the fire, gamers might also consider this juicy morsel: Rockstar’s VP of Product Development Jeronimo Barrea was more than candid following the release of Red Dead Redemption. When asked about how much content was planned but not completed, Barrea stated that “for all the games we work on, we have a massive number of ideas that [don't] make it in.”
Considering the critical and financial success that RDR received, we’d be more than enthused to hear that the next title was already in the works. Who knows, maybe they can even hire some of the team that was fired upon completion.
Gamers will just have to wait and see. As always, stay tuned for any updates on Rockstar San Diego’s newest open world game.
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