Creative Assembly’s Alien Might Work On Next-Gen Hardware
Shogun 2: Total War developer Creative Assembly is working on some kind of Alien title. That’s about all we knew about it, unfortunately: the developer is hiring for some kind of Alien thing, and that’s about it. But new developments suggest the game will not only be made for current-generation hardware, it’s also possibly being amped up for the next generation as well.
That’s according to a job ad posted on Creative Assembly’s website, which notes that it’s looking for programmers who can handle multiplayer and gameplay on both current and future-generation hardware. It suggests that the Alien game will be compatible with both sets of consoles — although it’s by no means definitive.
The ad is looking for a programmer but it doesn’t state outright that the project for which the programmer would be hired would solely be the Alien game. In fact, the job ad looks to me to be a little more long-term. Surely the programmer would work on Alien, since that’s Creative Assembly’s next big thing, but that doesn’t mean that the “next generation” the ad refers to is for the same game, necessarily. The next generation of hardware is expected to be announced relatively soon — so whatever Creative Assembly works on after Alien is probably going to land there.
Still, it’s an evocative situation, and it’s by no means unheard-of for a game to launch on two generations of consoles at once as one is winding down and the other is ramping up. Alien may well launch between the two and find itself pulling double-duty, and so will this particular programmer.