Gameloft, a video game publisher based in France, is one of the most recognised video game companies, with 18 development studios across the world and a focus on the mobile gaming industry. Found all the way back in 1999, the company has released some of the most renowned games, particularly for mobile devices, such as Asphalt 8: Airborne and N.O.V.A. Legacy. Not only this, but the company has also actively collaborated with other video game companies, like Ubisoft, to bring some of their noteworthy franchises, like Assassin’s Creed, to mobile devices. Additionally, Gameloft is also associated with companies like The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Entertainment.
Based on the experience that Gameloft has, it’s no secret that the company almost always has something under development. Earlier this month, the company released Disney Dreamlight Valley, what it calls a “hybrid between a life-sim and an adventure game,” for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. While there aren’t many games that the company has released for PC and console platforms, it seems like that’s about to change soon, as Gameloft is currently working on its “highly ambitious” unannounced AAA open-world multiplayer PC/console game based on Unreal Engine.
Earlier today, we came across a recent job listing on the company’s website for the Senior Game Designer position at its Bucharest studio in Romania; the description for which reads, “Gameloft is seeking a Game Designer with the expertise to make key contributions to a highly ambitious unannounced open world PC / console title.” From this, it’s clear that there is an unannounced open-world project for PC and console platforms currently under development by Gameloft and one that it’s very ambitious about. Disney Dreamlight Valley received very positive reviews from both critics and players alike, so it seems like the company is focusing more on the PC and console gaming industry this time around.
Furthermore, one of the responsibilities of the candidate mentions “designing and managing various game systems, game mechanics through the full cycle of production from concept to final stage in a multiplayer open world experience,” which means that this unannounced project could possibly have a multiplayer feature to it as well, while also being an open-world experience.
Lastly, if it wasn’t clear already, this unannounced project will also be a AAA one, as one of the qualifications of the candidate mentions, “Passion for triple-A open world PC / console games.” Additionally, it could possibly be based entirely on Unreal Engine (probably Unreal Engine 4), as another one of the qualifications of the candidate states, “Good knowledge of Unreal Engine 4 Blueprint system. Knowledge of other Unreal Engine subsystems is a plus (animation graphs, materials, AI, UMG, etc).” This will certainly be a significant change for Gameloft since the company has formerly developed almost all of its games entirely on an in-house game engine, which it doesn’t reveal publicly. Even its most recently released game, Disney Dreamlight Valley, is based on Unity.
However, this isn’t to say that the company has never used Unreal Engine before. In March 2011, Gameloft signed a long-term, multi-platform licensing agreement with Epic Games to develop four of its games using Unreal Engine 3, so it seems like the company is going back to the proprietary game engine from Epic Games for this unannounced project as well. Whether this results in an improvement of the company’s releases or not, only time will tell.
Unfortunately, these are all the details we have on this “highly ambitious” unannounced AAA open-world multiplayer PC/console game based on Unreal Engine at the moment since the job listing for it was posted only recently, according to the same job listing on LinkedIn. With time, more information about this unannounced project will certainly be unveiled by the company itself. For now, however, the details are insufficient to conclude what this unannounced project could be, exactly.
Needless to say, while Gameloft has made a name for itself in the mobile gaming industry, how the company performs against its competitors, like Electronic Arts and Konami Group Corporation, in the PC and console gaming industry is yet to be seen. Furthermore, Disney Dreamlight Valley is also still in its early access, with a free-to-play release of the game scheduled for 2023, so this unannounced project is still rather far away from completion anyway.
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