Rocksteady Games, the developer behind the Batman: Arkham series, appears to be hiring up for the reveal of its next title. A series of recent job listings on the company’s website suggest that the new game will be revealed later this year.
Many departments have no active job listings, suggesting that much of the active development work is already squared away. Audio, character, dialogue, IT, and lighting/VFX are all currently only accepting speculative applications. There are a pair of QA openings, and several postings in the Code & AI department, but the listings I’m most interested in are in animation and marketing.
Rocksteady is currently seeking an outsource manager for gameplay and cinematic animation, as well as a lead brand artist and a promo artist (video). Together, those would suggest that the studio is beginning to put together marketing materials and a variety of trailers for its new title. Exactly what that might mean is, for the moment, anybody’s guess, but there are at least a few things that we can rule out.
All we know at the moment is that it’s definitely not the Superman game that was rumoured late last year, and nor is it the Harry Potter RPG that leaked in the autumn. We can, however, take a relatively educated guess at the timeframe of the new game – if Rocksteady’s hiring now, then an E3 reveal isn’t out of the question, likely pointing to a release date somewhere around autumn 2019 or spring 2020.
Elsewhere on that job listings page, all those AI jobs suggest that the studio’s new triple-A title is still in the earlier stages of its development. That’s of no great surprise, given we only learned of it in the latter half of last year, but it suggests that we’re a good few years out from that next game.