Crystal Dynamics going Next-Gen
Well, it seems that Crystal Dynamics isn’t letting the uncalled-for cries of distasteful rape scenes and making women seem weak and frail stop them from going forward with their game developing passions. Crystal Dynamics has joined Ready at Dawn in the next generation and are interested and looking on to the future. A new job listing indicates that Crystal Dynamics are seeking development staff for work on an “original IP for future platforms”. Besides that; the listing is pretty vague on details and it’s not surprising as the next generation is still under wraps, as far as Sony and Microsoft go. But, I am inclined to suspect that with so many companies moving into next-gen development that firstly, my suspicions of development kits for “Durango” and “Orbis” (Xbox 720 and Playstation 4) have been passed on to a number of studios. This also makes my prediction of E3 2013 being littered with next-generation news on consoles and games even more possible.
The listing, more specifically, is asking for a “Senior Engineer (Animation)” so hey, if you’re an animator and looking for work; then I suggest hitting this job listing up. Although, there is a catch to this listing that might dash some dreams. Although the genre of this project is not officially known; there was a hint that was dropped on the possible genre, as well as a further note to applicants. The listing goes on to say that they want a Senior Engineer with skills in animating for “Third-Person Action Adventure AAA Titles”. So yeah, unless you have experience in the industry already; this will sadly not be a job that will launch your career, bummer eh.
Now, Crystal Dynamics have teased the appearance of a new IP for this year. So this news has merit but something interesting that I found; in the way that Community Manager Meagan Marie teased it.
“Not only will our team be eating, sleeping, and breathing Tomb Raider, but we’ll also be hard at work preparing to reveal exciting new intellectual property to the world”
This is what she teased on a Square-Enix Blog which kind of makes me speculate that perhaps the new IP will have Square-Enix be apart of it in some form. Whatever the case may be; I’m exciting to see so many companies transitioning to the Next-Generation!
UPDATE: Executive Producer, Scott Amos, has more to say about the new IP on the company’s Crystal Habit Pod cast. He has stated that with the new consoles coming out; it’s a good a time as ever for a new IP. Amos stressed that this IP will have no tie-in to any of the current IP’s of the company. He wants the game to be fresh and familiar, and with a blank slate; they can do anything that they want, any sort of off-the-wall innovations that their heart desires. Amos said that they are still in the early stages of still gathering the team and creating the product; but on a conceptual level, they are completely happy with what they’ve come up with.