After briefly dipping its toes into VR again in 2017 with the discharge of the glossy futuristic shooter Arkitka.1, the studio behind the lauded Metro: Exodus and broader Metro franchise, 4A Video games, is searching for new hires with VR expertise.
Some three years after the discharge of Akrtika.1—an Oculus Studios unique—4A Video games could also be planning its subsequent VR mission.
“VR Expertise a Plus”
Current job postings point out the studio is in search of Gameplay Programmers and Senior Gameplay Programmers to “develop and assist a proprietary multi-platform sport engine.” Among the many “preferences” within the job listings: “Oculus Rift/VR expertise a plus.”
“We’re searching for a Senior Gameplay Programmer to affix our staff. The job would require growth and assist for a proprietary multi-platform sport engine on new expertise platforms in cooperation with different Programmers and Designers to design, implement, polish, debug, and optimize top quality gameplay options and methods,” the listings learn.
We haven’t heard a lot on the VR entrance from 4A Video games after the 2017 launch of Arktika.1. The mission was funded by Oculus Studios as an unique sport for the Oculus Rift which had launched the yr prior.Arktika.1 | Picture courtesy 4A Video games
Whereas the VR facet of the job listings is just said as a choice reasonably than a requirement, it suggests the studio is eager about a contemporary look into the VR house and needs to make sure that its in-house engine instruments assist the remainder of its staff if it had been to create VR content material.
From our digging it seems to be like 4A Video games first posted the job listings with a choice of VR expertise in mid-2019, suggesting the studio might already be already be underway with a brand new VR mission.
Acquisition and “new AAA expertise”
Earlier this yr, 4A Video games was acquired by sport developer group Saber Interactive. It vowed it could proceed to function as an impartial studio and the acquisition would result in extra formidable initiatives primarily based on the Metro IP.
Apparently, Saber Interactive describes itself as “specializing in making use of our proprietary cross-platform sport engines to authentic IPs, in addition to executing on a broad array of design, manufacturing, and administration providers—together with Oculus and different VR platform growth assist [our emphasis],” regardless of not having printed any VR initiatives that we’re conscious of.
Final week 4A Video games printed a ‘Metro 10th Anniversary Studio Replace‘ which referred to as again to its prior VR title Arktika.1 whereas teasing “one other new AAA expertise.”
Lastly—whereas we count on to be engaged on Metro for a few years to come back, we need to stretch ourselves by exploring new initiatives and new IP. In 2017 we launched Arktika.1, a sci-fi FPS for the Oculus Rift, and our first steps in direction of a objective of being a multi-project studio. We now need to develop this ambition to a different new AAA expertise that may sit alongside the Metro collection. We’re hiring throughout each our Malta and Kyiv studios to assist us convey these goals to actuality, so for those who assume you could have what it takes and need to be part of our staff, head to our careers web page and apply!
It’s arduous to say whether or not or not this new mission is said to the studio’s curiosity in hiring builders with VR expertise. We reached out to 4A Video games for remark however had been informed the studio is “not but able to say something extra in regards to the new IP proper now.”
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