Bungie is hiring for a ‘new franchise’ with a concentrate on aggressive PvP
A job itemizing that got here to gentle in June 2020 looking for builders who wish to “work on one thing comedic with lighthearted and kooky characters” prompt that Bungie is engaged on not less than one mission that could be very un-Future-like. However I do not suppose we have to fear an excessive amount of that it’s leaving its roots behind, as a more recent itemizing noticed by DestinyNews+ factors to a mission that could be very Future-like.
“Do you spend your time deconstructing the most recent PvP video games to know how they work?” the multiplayer programs designer itemizing asks. “Do you analyze how teamplay dynamics are affected by all the things from moment-to-moment talents to high-level macro goals? Are you excited to design sport programs that permit for fascinating strategic choices, a number of vectors of participant studying, and the depth to help tons of of hours of gameplay?”
“As a Multiplayer Methods Designer, you’ll work with a staff to prototype completely different sport concepts on the trail to manufacturing. Most significantly, you’ll work with a enjoyable, devoted, and passionate cross-discipline staff dedicated to turning a inventive dream into a brand new franchise at Bungie.”
Future 2 is understood primarily as a multiplayer sport and this need advert may pretty simply apply to both that sport or the inevitable Future 3, however the reference to a “new franchise at Bungie” shoots that risk down. It is also no secret that the studio is trying to unfold its wings past the Future video games: CEO Pete Parsons stated in November 2020 that Bungie has been engaged on “new incubations” since 2017, and Chris Barrett, previously the sport director on Future 2, now holds the identical title on an unannounced mission.
Naturally, the job itemizing does not identify any names, however the “obligations” part additionally factors at a really Future-like mission:
- Conceive of, construct, and iterate on aggressive multiplayer sport mechanics that present strategic depth and alternatives for counterplay
- Contribute to and uphold the inventive imaginative and prescient of the sport, making certain consistency throughout all facets of sport design
- Collaborate each day with the staff by means of suggestions, design steering, roadmaps, and offering clear targets and outcomes to teammates
- Ship purposeful specs and prototype ideas and content material as wanted to assist drive the general product course
It is attainable that that is associated to Bungie’s partnership with Chinese language on-line gaming firm Netease. That funding was made particularly to help a brand new mission: Bungie stated when the deal was introduced in 2018 that its intention was to alter “from a single franchise growth staff into a world, multi-franchise leisure studio.”
One different fascinating factor to notice is that familiarity with Unreal Engine and/or Unity is listed as “nice-to-have” ability. Future 2 runs on the identical proprietary engine as the unique sport, and whereas Bungie has stated that it’s going to by no means transfer Future to a brand new engine, “any future video games that Bungie makes would not essentially want to make use of the Future tech if it does not make sense for that sport.”
It would positively be fascinating to see what Bungie has cooking—it is developed solely two sequence over the previous 20 years, Halo and Future—however it is going to doubtless be fairly some time but earlier than we attain that time: In 2019, Parsons stated Bungie hopes to have “different franchises” available on the market by 2025.