The studio behind the venerable Just Cause series is currently looking to fill its ranks for projects launching on “next-gen platforms.”
NeoGAF user Nirolak- reportedly well-known for spotting development job listings- recently made a post to the site detailing two job openings Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has listed. The two jobs include a multiplayer technical director and a senior multiplayer programmer, both of which are being sought after to work on the studio’s upcoming projects “for both current and next-gen platforms”.
The job responsibilities technically relate to work on the studio’s “next generation open world / sandbox multiplayer engine,” which could suggest nothing specific is in the works and the positions are more anticipatory. On the other hand, the positions could be listed for the sake of the unannounced AAA title the developer currently has in the works, according to other job listings.
Nirolak also notes that Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata recently claimed that his team’s next project would aim for a next-gen launch.
It would seem unlikely that these studios would have next-gen platforms ready to develop on at this early stage, but they could just be laying the development foundations so they are ready to jump in when the time comes. The next-gen platforms are still presumably a ways off, considering the recent launch of the PS4 Pro, and the launch of the Xbox One X that’s still to come.
Given the multiplayer focus of Avalanche’s job listings, the studio’s next project may not be part of its Just Cause series, which has had a solely single-player focus. That said, popular community mods have implemented multiplayer post-launch, and the developer’s fondness for these mods could suggest that it will take its own crack at multiplayer for the next installment.