Criterion, one of the UK’s most accomplished developers in recent years, is expanding. They’ve posted a job advert on the EA Jobs site for an AI Programmer.
This is part of a larger drive for fresh talent at the studio, the gist of which can be found on their own blog. Basically, they’re hiring to fill several new positions.
The role of AI Programmer is perhaps the most interesting though. Within that advertisement, they state that their “current ambition requires an innovative programmer to deliver killer entertainment experiences with believable, open world AI Racing Drivers”. But Criterion don’t have any announced open world racers on the books.
Elsewhere among their job adverts, they mention the focus on new platforms. This could mean the much rumoured new generation of PlayStation and Xbox but it’s probably more likely to refer to the PS Vita, 3DS and possibly Wii U.
Are they hiring for a Paradise sequel? Perhaps porting Paradise to Vita?