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United Front Hiring For Next Gen Project - Hopes Alive For Sleeping Dogs 2

Pure speculation on what it means but nice to see positive job news.

United Front Games are advertising a new position with the studio. PlayStation fans will know them from their two kart racers, Modnation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting but it’s also definitely worth noting that they’re responsible for the excellent open world crime caper, Sleeping Dogs.

The new role, posted on their website, is for a Network / Multiplayer Programmer to work on a “next gen console title,” listing responsibilities that are very much focussed towards what you might expect any modern multiplayer game to feature. Leader boards, matchmaking, bandwidth optimisation and online lobbies are all mentioned.

It’s pure speculation just now but the timing would seem ripe for a sequel to Sleeping Dogs. Square Enix has previously stated that it considers the open world, kung fu drama to be among its leading properties for the future. A Modnation Racers sequel would seem superfluous in the wake of LittleBigPlanet Karting and although a sequel to Sackboy’s racer might be a logical early release title for Sony’s next gen console, it seems a little too soon to be working on a sequel to a game that hasn’t exactly broken records at retail.

Of course, there’s always the hope that United Front could be working on something completely new and unannounced, but hopefully it’s alongside a nice stable development environment for Sleeping Dogs 2.

United Front is also on the look out for some people to fill other positions. Among them are animators, listing understanding of “stylized and exaggerated” movement as a key skill. The listing for Physics Engineer notes a need to understand character and vehicle physics. There are various other programming and art roles listed, all of which hint at a studio gearing up for a bright future.

Source: United Front Games via GAF.

7 Comments
  1. Jones81
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Sleeping dogs is such a great game, I’m only about half way through it but I’d say far better than the last GTA and Saints Row games. The combat and driving are awesome. This is definately good news if it’s a sequel they’re working

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 18:45.
  2. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    I’ve yet to play SD, as I’m getting it with Plus, but I’d love to see a full sequel. The jump we usually see between a 1 and a 2 in a series tends to be pretty massive (Uncharted, AC etc.) and so Sleeping Dogs 2 would be undoubtedly amazing if all went well.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 20:41.
  3. RudeAwakening
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    Sleeping Dogs was an absolute stunning game, was one of the best games of last year. I also dont think i came across an ending for game like Sleeping Dogs that came with such an emotional punch imho.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 21:56.
  4. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Bought Sleeping Dogs over the Christmas sale period. Yet to try it yet though. Liking what I have heard about it though.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 00:36.
  5. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I need to play if more…. can’t get interested enough.

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 08:35.
  6. leeroye
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    One of my favourite games of last year, Seeping Dogs really does deserve a sequel

    Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 11:05.

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