Obsidian Entertainment seem to be building a team for a big RPG title that will focus heavily on first-person melee combat, one month before The Outer Worlds' worldwide release date.
Obsidian Entertainment, the developers of highly successful RPG titles like Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic II and Fallout: New Vegas now seem to be heavily invested in developing their own, original titles. As you are probably well aware by now, The Outer Worlds is a brand new IP that reminds of a Fallout in space is close to release and now it seems like the company already has its sights on the next new title.
According to several job listings on LinkedIn, it seems like they are looking to create a new RPG that is heavily focusing on melee combat, exclusively in the first person. The first-person perspective is apparently starting to become both Obsidian's preferred method of delivering roleplaying experiences as well as starting to become an industry standard since CD Projekt Red took a similar step with Cyberpunk 2077.
The listings were initially spotted by PC Gamer and aside from several mentions of melee combat and first-person perspective, there are repeated mentions of "branching dialogue" and "conversations and cutscenes". These mentions, coupled with Obsidian's history of developing RPGs leaves little to no doubt about the future game's genre.
Whatever this RPG turns out to be, it will be developed in Unreal Engine 4 it seems as several listings state that having knowledge in its workings is a plus for potential candidates.
The full list of jobs is as follows:
- Lead Narrative Designer
- Engine Programmer
- Combat Designer
- Character Animator
- Lighting Artist
- Graphics Programmer
- Network Programmer
- UI Programmer
- Financial Analyst
- Gameplay Programmer
- User Interface Artist
Considering the time of the listings, it's safe to say this RPG will come to the next generation of consoles and more information will be needed to figure out whether PS4 and Xbox One will get it.