Bend Studio job listing indicates unannounced AAA Vita title
via PlayStation Universe.
Sony's Bend Studio today listed a job opportunity looking for a developer for another PlayStation Vita title.
Known for developing the PS Vita launch title Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Bend Studio is offering a position called Senior Staff Technical Animator at their offices in Bend, Oregon. The studio has also developed Syphon Filter titles and Resistance: Retribution for the PlayStation Portable system. The official job listing on Gamasutra
“Bend Studio the creators of Sony's flagship Vita title Uncharted Golden Abyss is currently looking of the entertainment industries top artistic talent to help us create AAA content for Sony's powerful new hardware. We just scratched the surface on what the Vita can do with Uncharted Golden Abyss and expect to push the platform even further with our future projects."
So, what is Bend Studios developing? It's highly likely to be another Uncharted game for the PS Vita, but it could also be planning to return to the Syphon Filter or the Resistance series.
Or maybe it could be bringing another big franchise to the Vita. Infamous or God of War, perhaps? We'll keep you posted when we find out more. Let us know what you think it could be.
I want to see something other than Uncharted. I doubt it'll be another Resistance but they could always make another Syphon Filter.
Job Adverts Suggest Bend Are Working On Another Uncharted For Vita
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss? Well, it looks like developers Bend are working on another, if information taken from three separate job adverts posted today can be extrapolated to fit. Of course, they could be working on absolutely anything, but considering past experience, a gap in the market for another title and – well – the descriptions, it’s likely that this is for another Uncharted.
The three new roles are for a Senior Staff Environment Artist
, a Senior Staff Artist
and a Senior Staff Character Animator
, all at their Oregon head office.
Between them, they mention things like “organic and inorganic terrain” and “architectural elements”, “textures and setup shaders that mimic real word properties like metal and cloth” and the animator is to work on “characters, weapons, vehicles and everything else” and “cinematic sequences including acting, facial animation and lip-syncing”.
This is likely to be an existing IP, due to an “established direction” and “engine guidelines”.
Oh, and if you want a bonus job description – this one
for a Senior Director of Brand Marketing mentions “next gen software” – wonder what that could be all about