People Can Fly, the same developer behind Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgement, has casually announced its next project. The studio formerly known as Epic Games Poland is working on an entirely new piece of intellectual property — a AAA-quality shooter to be exact, published by Square Enix. The detail was buried at the bottom of a lengthy post on the People Can Fly website, touting an expansion into two new offices. CEO Sebastian Wojciechowski tells Polygon that fans should expect the same level of quality that his team has been cranking out since 2002. People Can Fly has had its fair share of change in the last decade. In 2012, the studio was sold to Epic Games and several key members of the team broke off to create another studio called The Astronauts. But in 2015 came the surprise announcement that Wojciechowski himself had bought the company back from Epic. “Today there are 30 shareholders of People Can Fly,” said Wojciechowski. “All of them are working … [Read more...] about How did the studio behind Bulletstorm end up making a shooter with Square Enix?
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Square Enix published a new career opportunity ad seeking for a Battle Planner for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. The job says a lot about the way the team at Business Division 1 (that is also working on Mobius Final Fantasy) is tackling development, alongside some interesting information. First of all, we learn that the team is aiming at a “new creation” that isn’t just a simple remake, and the project is in full-scale development to create “a game that exceeds the original” Final Fantasy VII. This is, according to the ad, “in a sense more challenging than creating new games” and it’s a job that has an impact on the world as well as one’s growth as a creator. It involves “creating a new worldview while preserving concepts familiar to the players.” Since the team is working with the goal of “creating a game with quality that exceeds the original” they’re still recruiting internal development … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy VII Remake Aims to “Exceed the Original”; Square Enix Talks Development and Philosophy
Today, Square Enix announced that it is opening a new studio named Luminous Productions. Moreover, the head of the studio is none other than Hajime Tabata – the director of Final Fantasy 15. He’s not the only person to work on Final Fantasy 15 coming to this studio, however, as he is bringing many members of his old team with him.The purpose of this new Tokyo-based development team, according to Square Enix is to work on “developing new AAA titles and bringing innovative games and other entertainment content to a global audience.” It is worth noting that while these projects haven’t been revealed yet, Luminous Productions is on a hiring binge. An interesting idea that may be pertinent to this studio and its work, as predicted by Tabata, is the belief that the next Xbox and PlayStation will offer cloud-based gaming, but that remains to be seen.Luminous Productions (with its logo depicted below) will most likely be moving onto something new. At last … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy 15 Director Opens New Square Enix Studio
Square Enix has announced the establishment of a new development studio, Luminous Productions. Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata will be the head of the new studio. According to the press release, Luminous Productions has been established with the purpose of developing new AAA titles and building innovative games, as well as other entertainment content which will cater to a global audience. The new Square Enix studio will be staffed with members of the creative team behind Final Fantasy XV. The press release also mentions that Luminous Productions will be involved in developing new intellectual properties alongside other development studios under Square Enix's vision. However, any current or future projects have not been disclosed by Square Enix, merely stating that "more information regarding Luminous Productions’ new projects will be revealed at a later date." The new studio will be based in Tokyo, Japan. A quick trip to Luminous Productions' official site reveals that … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XV Director Leads New Games Development Studio Established by Square Enix
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers. Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now. If you're a recruiter looking for talent, you can also post jobs here. Location: Espoo, Finland Rovio is looking for an all-in-one Sr. Game Designer and Team Manager to both be a hands-on lead in one of its Slingshot Studio's main projects and manage a small team of designers within the studio. For this, Rovio is looking for someone with a mixture of experience, aptitude, and passion. Location: Horsham, England As a tools programmer on the project, you will be an essential part of the team and work on developing Creative Assembly's in-house, multi-platform, tools and pipelines built using C++. A developer in this role would strive to make an efficient and user-friendly pipeline where Creative Assembly's … [Read more...] about Weekly Jobs Roundup: Square Enix, Rovio, and more are hiring now!