Ninja Theory, the Cambridge-based game designers best known for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and DmC: Devil May Cry, has several new job listings on its website.
Positions include Senior Combat Designer, Mid/Senior Sound Designer, and Senior Engine Programmer (C++), which all imply the company has a new project in the pipeline, and is possibly aiming to release it on next-generation consoles. Ninja Theory recently confirmed that a Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Xbox One port, complete with Xbox One X enhancements, is in the works, but these job listings are for candidates with expertise beyond porting.
The Combat Designer posting, in particular, is revelatory for what Ninja Theory is working on. The advertisement reads that “[Ninja Theory] are aiming to set the bar for next-generation melee action,” requesting that the potential candidate should “demonstrable talent for creating intricate game mechanics.”
Overall, all the postings imply heavily that the developer’s next game will be melee-heavy and attempt to push the bar mechanics-wise. Each posting also emphasises the need for creativity, so the genre-bending style of Hellblade will likely be continued in the company’s future IPs.
Hellblade‘s Xbox One release is due on April 11. Hellblade impressed OnlySP’s Adam Speight when it released on PC and PlayStation 4 in 2017.