Sony Working on a Game for “R&D Purposes Related to Next Generation Gaming System”

on May 20, 2015 4:58 PM

Something may be boiling at Sony Computer Entertainment, as indicated by a new career opportunity ad seeking a Senior Game Programmer. Apparently the house of PlayStation is working on a game for Research and Development purposes.

We have an exciting opportunity at Sony Computer Entertainment of America (PlayStation). We seek a senior game programmer to assist us in developing a game used for R&D purposes related to our next generation gaming system. For someone passionate about gaming this is a very rare opportunity. After reviewing the below job profile, if this is you, please apply!

This temporary engagement is payrolled through our staffing partner, Yoh. The anticipated duration of this engagement is 6 months but may vary.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of technology, systems and tools used in game development, including: game logic, behaviors, animations, motion systems, mini-games, physics systems, collision systems, rendering, particle effects, entities systems, camera logic, and sound to name a few
  • Manage communication and enable early identification of issues
  • Collaborate and develop aspects of a specified game-play experience
  • Provide technical vision
  • Ensure goals are met with a clear understanding of project milestones
  •  Communicate updates and/or concerns to leadership

The ad also mentions experience with “Unity, multiple player game, networking,” which seems to indicate that the game is being developed in the popular indie-friendly engine, and it will include online gameplay for multiple players.

The “Next Generation Gaming System” mention is a complete mystery, even because the ad asks for “Current and next-gen game console experience” mentioning as examples “PS3, PSP, X-box 360 etc.” The “next generation” system could simply be the PS4, or it could be something else entirely.

During Sony’s latest financial conference call for Japanese investors and analysts Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida did mention projects that are yet to be announced, but it’s hard to say what the platform mentioned here could be.

Only one thing is for sure: Sony is researching something. We might not even ever see the game, because R&D titles are often never published for the public (even if rarely they are turned into a commercial release afterwards), but we might hear about the results of the research at some point in the future.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.