According to a post on LinkedIn, Australian developer Video Games Deluxe is recruiting for a new AAA open-world VR game backed by the deep coffers of Rockstar Games. Is this the first sign that Rockstar isn’t finished wringing another payday out of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)?
Having finished developing L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, Video Games Deluxe is recruiting for its next “ground-breaking project.”
Going by the positions up for grabs – including senior programmer and engine programmer – the game is still very much if the early phase of development.
From the announcement:
Having finished the critically well-received L.A.Noire: The V.R. Case Files we are now gearing up for a new project, a AAA open world title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to taking on this ground-breaking project.
We have a number of job openings in our Sydney studio including Senior Programmers, Engine Programmer, Designer and Animator. If you are interested in one of these positions or would like two speak to someone who works here about VGD please get in touch.
The “open-world” description isn’t one you’d immediately associate with a VR title, especially one that mimics the breadth and scope of Rockstar’s titanic game worlds.
VR limitations seem inherently at odds with a largely explorable open-world, if only for how tedious point-to-point VR movement mechanics are in most games.
It will be interesting to see how Video Games Deluxe translates the freedom of a Rockstar open-world to VR. The size of the map will take a hit, that’s a given. The challenge of transitioning to VR is peeling away layers of complexity without detracting from the original title’s sense of unbridled possibility.
Video Games Deluxe stopped short of clarifying if the project relates to an existing Rockstar game or something new.
Is it L.A. Noire VR 2? What about a reimagining of Red Dead Redemption?
I think the answer lies elsewhere.
Knowing Rockstar’s penchant for milking GTA 5 for all it’s worth – including releases across three console generations – a VR remake of the “most profitable entertainment product ever” seems a good bet.
There’s no sign the publisher will ever let the seven-year-old GTA 5 head to its grave in peace.
Most recently, Rockstar Games revealed the game is heading to PS5 and Xbox Series X. It’s already released the title on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
What’s one more to round it off ahead of Grand Theft Auto VI, which isn’t expected for at least a few years?
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