An interesting ad has been published on Electronic Arts’ career opportunities website, seeking a Senior Technical Artist for the BioWare Edmonton studio. What’s most relevant is that the ad explicitly specifies that the candidate will work on a new IP.
The studio in Edmonton, Canada, is the original BioWare studio that worked on classics like Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, MDK2, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Jade Empire, and more recently has given birth to the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises.
Here’s an excerpt of the ad, with the relevant parts bolded:
BioWare is a division of EA which crafts high quality multiplatform role-playing, MMO and strategy games, focused on emotionally engaging, rich stories with unforgettable characters and vast worlds to discover. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world’s most critically acclaimed titles and franchises, including Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. BioWare currently operates in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and Austin(Texas).
As a Senior Technical Artist on a new IP, this will influence the next generation of world class narrative driven games.
- 5+ years in game development with at least 2 console projects as a Technical Artist managing art pipelines.
From the ad we can safely guess that the new IP will be a narrative driven game (possibly another RPG? Even if this is just my personal speculation), and it will be on consoles (this doesn’t mean it won’t also be on PC, mind you).
A second ad seeking a Lead Animator has the same wording about the new IP and mentions “Flex your animation, technical and cinematic skills, but most of all you will have a passion and drive for creating work that pushes the boundaries of current game design!”
What will this new IP be about? Maybe a modern day setting since BioWare already has fantasy and science fiction? Super Heroes? Your guess is as good as mine here, and we’ll have to wait and see, but it’s coming, and it’s coming from BioWare’s top studio.