The makers of Ratchet & Clank and Marvel’s Spider-Man, Insomniac Games, appear to be gearing up for work on a project with a heavy emphasis on multiplayer.
This comes from multiple job postings at the studio, which Insomniac says are for a “multiplayer project.” Among other roles, Insomniac is looking for a creative director, a story lead, an art director, and a systems designer specifically for multiplayer systems.
Digging into the listings doesn’t glean too much in the way of specifics, though there are a few clues.
The systems designer role asks for candidates to design player interactions and systems “(including combat, navigation, progression, and economy) for a multiplayer environment” indicating that whatever this multiplayer game is, it’s likely pretty involved and complex (certainly more than just a multiplayer component thrown into a single-player game). The same listing also asks for a “thorough understanding of melee combat systems, enemy design, and boss design.”
The story lead job looks similarly detailed, and indicates that the narrative aspects are tied in closely with the multiplayer component as it asks for experience “with multiplayer narratives.”
Insomniac is hiring! We have five new job openings for a multiplayer project. Come join us and be part of the #PlayStationStudiosFamily as we work on exciting things!
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 24, 2021
Whatever Insomniac is making, it’s unlikely we’ll see this project in the light of day for several years, given that the studio has just wrapped up Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (which we loved) and is only just now looking for a creative director and several other leadership roles critical to making a game happen at all. Given the studio’s string of really, really stellar single-player narratives in recent years, this could be a fascinating new direction for the Sony-owned studio.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.