The Senior Gameplay Designer position talks about the creation of “powerful, tactile first-person weapons and unique combat abilities that draw the player right into the middle of the action”, all but confirming that Inxile’s project will be an first-person shooter RPG similar to the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 or Deus Ex.You can read through all of the job openings for yourself here, which offer more tidbits about the Xbox-owned studio’s next big game. The Senior Lighting Artist position mentions experience in raytracing as a requirement, and the Lead Environment Artist listing talks about “evocative and immersive worlds” with a range of art assets “from realistic to slightly stylized” which gives us a vague idea of how this unannounced game will look. InXile is also looking for a Facial Animator to “deliver life-life face performances on original timeless characters”.
Back in May of 2020, Inxile CEO Brian Fargo mentioned that the studio’s next-gen RPG will harness the power of Unreal Engine 5 during development. Later that year in September, Fargo added that the studio is working on two RPGs right now, with the second “in the infancy of pre-production”.
It’s not clear whether Inxile is hiring for one in particular, or both, but the news is exciting regardless. Fargo is known for creating the Fallout franchise, and now that Inxile, Bethesda and Obsidian are all under one roof at Microsoft, a collaboration could be possible. Fallout: New Vegas 2, anyone?
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