Splash Damage, the British studio that contributed to the development of Gears 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, is making an original sci-fi game.
In a recent tweet, the studio confirmed that it was “making a new game in an original sci-fi universe,” and was recruiting for a number of roles to make that project a reality. Some of those roles are notably senior, suggesting that the title is still in its early stages of development.
We’re building a new game in an original sci-fi universe. Now hiring in many disciplines: Animation Programmer🪐Art Director🪐Design Director🪐Development Director🪐Lead Graphics Programmerand more!Help us build the future: https://t.co/lI25OvZhT5 pic.twitter.com /9Fm04xgeSd13 October 2021
Details are scant at this point, but art director Role mentions that the game will be made in Unreal Engine 5. Design Director The listing suggests it could be a free-to-play online shooter, seeking experience with “post-launch monetization” and “making first or third-person shooters” and “game as a service”. Seeking experience in “playing a live stage of”. The artwork shared with the announcement of the new project features a figure in a space suit on an alien planet, who appears to be wielding some sort of weapon.
A multiplayer sci-fi shooter will definitely be in the wheelhouse of Splash Damage. In recent years, the studio developed multiplayer components for Gears of War 4 and Gears 5 (as well as taking the lead on Gears Tactics), and the PC port of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The show has some serious shooter legacy in the studio’s past as well – it contributed to the Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake series in the 2000s.
While Splash Damage has focused on other franchises in recent years, it has created its own game in the past, most recently the 2014 sci-fi shooter Dirty Bomb. It’s likely to take a few years before the team takes another look at the next project, but it clearly has plenty of experience.
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