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Visceral Games working on "bold new franchise"

Visceral Games, developers of the Dead Space and Dante's Inferno series, have been revealed to be hiring for work on a new IP. The mysterious title was outed by a job listing, and is for a multiplayer designer on what's being called a "thrilling online action shooter game." Though this might sound, at first, like a position that would fit into a Dead Space sequel, the next line states that the job is a "unique opportunity to contribute to a bold new franchise which is a cornerstone for a new EA Games Studio."

So, not Dead Space. Got it.

Above: You'll be working with the people who made that mossy-looking monster

There's a chance that the listing is referring to Dead Space's multiplayer anyway, or a Dead Space spin-off shooter of some sorts, but it sure sounds like it's talking up an entirely new property altogether. If that's the case, and this isn't some weird multiplayer mode for the developer's other rumored title, The Ripper (based, obviously, on a supernatural Jack the Ripper), it means the developer really is a three or four game studio now, which is quite the rapid transition from Visceral's humble beginnings earlier this generation.

Hopefully whatever it's working on is actually a new IP, and not a work of 14th century literature that EA is turning into an IP. Well, unless it's a Canterbury Tales FPS, that would be pretty neat.

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25 comments

  • MyCoolWhiteLies - January 24, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    It's so brave of them to be so bold and take a risk making something so unique.
  • mothbanquet - January 24, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Ooooo an online action shoo-ZZZzzzzzz......
  • trikeman - January 24, 2012 5:43 a.m.

    "new franchise," "cornerstone," "new EA Games studio"? Sounds more to me like Visceral is going to contribute to some game from an unproven studio, on what EA is hoping to become a big franchise. No one else think that?
  • sirdilznik - January 24, 2012 4:23 a.m.

    "Online Action Shooter"? Why that IS bold. Nobody is making shooters that have action in them and are playable online these days, NOBODY.
  • kc2 - January 24, 2012 5:38 a.m.

    *cough Uncharted cough*
  • talleyXIV - January 24, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    You realize that he was being sarcastic, correct?
  • Jackelsburg - January 24, 2012 12:06 a.m.

    chances are visceral will make the game extremely gory like all of their other games I admit i'll be keeping a watch on what this game could be since i love the Dead Space series
  • getlynched - January 23, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    OLD IGN reported this a month ago. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1214691p1.html
  • RipgutReaper - January 24, 2012 3:40 a.m.

    Who cares? Go back to IGN.
  • kc2 - January 24, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    Your link just says theyre working on a new dead space IP not a brand new franchise. Why don't you read the article first?
  • SideOfBeef - January 23, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    I just realized how stupid "shooter" is as a genre name.
  • RedHarlow - January 23, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    If there's one thing Visceral Games does badly, it's online multiplayer.
  • Swish007 - January 23, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    Kind of off topic but I've been playing through dead space 2 a second time and thinking about the insane depth that seemed to be poured into it.. Paricularly with the graphics. (unitology church was stunning). I've read about how lots of these games have hordes of lowly devs working in sweatshop-like conditions.. But wether or not that was the case with this game, I couldn't help but want to somehow contact the people who did the grunt work and tell them how amazing it is. And how those little amazing details they slipped in WERE noticed. This game is as close to perfect a survival horror that I've seen.. really ever. If they want to make a new franchise then I'm all for it.
  • Brutalicus - January 23, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    You can tell they're huge fans of their own game, in a good way. One of the reasons why Dead Space 2 was my favorite game of 2011. Actually, the tender loving care was evident if you replay the first game even. The amount of detail in there just for the observant fan of the series is awesome. Other games where I could tell the devs love their own game: The Witcher 2, Mass Effect 2, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid On topic, I'd play the shit out of pretty much any Dead Space title they could think up, and I have been meaning to buy Dante's Inferno now that it's probably good and cheap.
  • PolarBearsInHeat - January 23, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    Well I'll be keeping an eye on this, I love this dev
  • taokaka - January 23, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    WHAT???? why can't we have another awesome, twisted single player experience, if they can make an ungeneric online shooter I'll try it out but if it is a modern military FPS I'll still probably try it out. I just hope the boobie monster from dante's inferno makes a return as a boss fight.
  • BladedFalcon - January 23, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Lost interest immediately upon reading "online action shooter".
  • Fiirestorm21 - January 23, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    Cue predictable developer response: "But this one's different and better! Really! This is going to make everyone play our game instead of the big heavy-hitters for longer than two weeks, we swear!" Sane developers are becoming more and more rare. It's like Ken Levine said, unless you have something deeply and truly profound and new to bring to the genre, shove it and focus on single player. Even Santa Monica studios are going multiplayer with the next God of War, if the ever-persistent rumors are to be believed. I'll hold off on completely dismissing it until I see it -- they do have a decent pedigree after all -- but damn, you're right, how they have killed my interest.
  • Fiirestorm21 - January 23, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    That's "Santa Monica Studios" with the last word capitalized, as in the specific developer that makes God of War, not general studios based in Santa Monica.
  • Brutalicus - January 23, 2012 6:41 p.m.

    Online God of War? The hell?

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