Carbine Studios Is Hiring For An Unannounced Title
After WildStar was relegated to "other sales" in NCSoft's earnings report earlier this year, the last thing I expected to hear was that Carbine Studios is hiring staff for the development of another game. And yet, Carbine Studios is hiring staff for the development of another game. Ultimately, it makes sense, seeing as the company is a subsidiary of NCSoft and NCSoft probably wants to utilize those working there for what could potentially be a far more profitable product, but it's still not something that I expected to hear.
As of right now, we have very few details about the game in question. The listing for the role of "Lead Combat Designer" states that "experience in Unreal Engine" and "AAA cooperative multiplayer experience, multiplayer action combat titles" are "Pluses." The listing for the role of "Senior Concept Artist" indicates that it will be a new IP and not another game set in the WildStar universe, as one of the Pluses listed is "previous experience with visual development of new IPs from the ground up." The game may also very well be in Carbine's signature cartoony style, as another Plus for the Senior Concept Artist candidate is that they are "credited with at least two (2) AAA titles in a non-photorealistic style."
Despite the fact that the listing for the role of Lead Combat Designer states that "AAA cooperative multiplayer experience, multiplayer action combat titles" is a Plus, the listing for the role of "Senior Graphics Engineer" states that "previous MMO development experience or avid MMO gaming experience" is a Plus, indicating that the game will be an MMO—perhaps even an action MMO.
Oddly enough, the listing for the role of "Senior Tools Engineer" states that "familiarity working with a variety of game engines such as Unreal and Unity" is a Plus, despite the listing for the role of Lead Combat Designer stating that "experience in Unreal Engine" is a Plus.
As of right now, this is all conjecture based on a few vague skills that Carbine is looking for in candidates for each role. We will be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.