Volition will be stepping away from their popular Saints Row franchise with their next title, if a recent job listing is to be believed.
Back in March, the developer put out a call for a Senior World Builder who is “eager to contribute to the development of a new IP”. However, this does not necessarily mean that the new project is being designed with the intention of finding a new fanbase, as the applicant should be “excited by Deep Silver Volition’s past projects”.
Another recent listing, for a Senior Systems Designer, requests that applicants have previous experience in designing key elements for “third-person shooters or action games”, with experience in vehicle control and combat being a plus, which indicates that, from a core gameplay perspective at least, the new game will not be a world away from Saints Row. Further supporting that supposition, an Associate Producer position mentions that the team is “building large-scale sandbox games” and several other job listings indicate a preference for candidates with previous experience in creating open-world games.
Despite the mounting similarities, a listing for a Senior Animator seems to indicate a shift in tone. A “proficiency in realistic motion” is requested, which is at odds with the increasingly unrealistic Saints Row series. It may indicate that the developer is opting for a more grounded approach, similar to that of Grand Theft Auto V, in their latest offering. Perhaps more interesting are the calls for personnel with “a broad knowledge base of […] RPGs”, indicating that the studio looks set to tackle a genre that they have, until now, not dabbled in.
What appears certain from the job listings is that Volition is taking a measured step away from its previous successes, retaining some core elements, but also following wider industry trends in the increased realism and implementation of RPG systems. The job listings also indicate that the new game is being planned for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Of course, until an official announcement is made, this is all conjecture and should be taken as such. The studio’s most recent release was the stand-alone expansion of Saints Row IV, Gat Out Of Hell. We’ll bring you official details of Volition’s latest project when it is announced.