The latest job listings from Playdead suggest their next project will be their most ambitious to date.
Playdead, the independent developer responsible for titles Limbo and Inside, has begun advertising openings for an unannounced brand new project.
Twitter user @MauroNL3 noticed the vacancies posted on the company’s website. Although it is unclear as to what the game is actually about, the job descriptions reveal that the project is “a 3rd-person science fiction adventure set in a remote corner of the universe” and may feature “a large, open world.” Playdead seems to be bringing on a decent number of people, advertising 11 jobs for positions including gameplay programmer, technical director, experienced graphics programmer and senior 3D artist. The technical director role asks for “open world, AAA, or other related experience,” perhaps suggesting that Playdead’s latest venture will be its most ambitious yet.
Along with the job postings, MauroNL3 also shared multiple unseen pieces of concept art.
More details about the next game by Playdead (Limbo, Inside) can be gathered from a new job ad. A Technical Director job listing describes it as “a 3rd person, open world, science fiction adventure built for multiple platforms on UE and published by Epic.” Two new artworks:
— MauroNL (@MauroNL3) January 21, 2021
The only other knowledge that is currently known is that the game is confirmed to be partially funded and published by Epic according to an announcement from March 2020. Playdead was quick to point out in their job listing that “[Their] approach to development does not include crunching towards arbitrary deadlines – instead, [they] particularly look for talented people who enjoy managing their own schedule and thrive on working within a friendly, collaborative environment.” With development crunch being an issue that (unfortunately) plagues many game studios currently, it is encouraging to see that Playdead is unwilling to tolerate the practice.
Limbo and Inside ended up being critically acclaimed works for Playdead. Dualshockers called the former “an experience that will stick with you long after its brief credits roll” and the latter “an amazing one-sitting gameplay experience for enthusiasts and indie-lovers that frankly should not be missed, no matter where you play it.”