In a day or so it’ll be 2013, and that’s the year we’re all expecting to see confirmation of PlayStation 4 and whatever Microsoft are working on next. Four new job postings (issued just before Christmas, in fact) suggest that Evolution, Sony’s Runcorn-based first party, are hiring for something pretty big for next generation.
The four roles all concentrate on C++, and are focused on graphics and tech, game programming, general optimisation and online. There are few clues as to what the positions are actually aiming at in terms of games, but it’s a fairly substantial boost to the studio.
The roles are looking for experience with GPUs and multi-processor environments. That doesn’t really mean a great deal, but the general overview is that these positions are for tools rather than a specific game – at least that’s the impression I got from the general overviews – “highly accessible game systems and features” – for example.
Someone with more knowledge on how the PS3 works might be able to establish whether these posts are for this gen or next better than I, but I’m edging towards this being for some in-house middleware, or something similar. Of course, knowing that Evolution might be working on the next MotorStorm (or even WipEout) would be wonderful…