Sony London Studio is currently working on an unspecified number of PS4 titles, and while there have been hints on the possibility that one of those may be a new SingStar, the rest is currently shrouded in mystery. Today we learn that the studio is working on creating next generation lighting solutions for its new games, as revealed by a new career opportunity ad published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
Here’s an excerpt of the ad with the relevant parts bolded.
London Studio is a member of Sony Computer Entertainment’s worldwide development studios based in Soho, London. We have a mission to create innovative and market leading games with broad market appeal in terms of play and entertainment. Our portfolio includes titles such as The Getaway, SingStar, EyeToy, EyePet and Wonderbook – these are technically acclaimed multi-million selling franchises that pay testament to our attention to innovation. We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Senior Lighting Artist to join our world-class development team working on our next generation PS4 titles.
This is a great opportunity for you to join our team of experienced artists working together to deliver our next-generation lighting solutions.
Job Responsibility, the role involves:
– Work within the lighting team to create and maintain all elements of lighting i.e. dynamic, prebaked, interior and exterior setups, cinematic set and character lighting
– Maintain a balance between visual quality and performance requirements for real-time game application
– Work with the Art Director to keep artistic style & mood consistent with defined visual style for the game
-Work with design to make sure lighting accentuates gameplay
– Participate in R&D of new techniques and implement into production pipeline
This definitely doesn’t sound like something you’d see in a SingStar title, unless London Studio is planning to completely revolution the franchise’s graphics engine. In any case, it definitely sounds like the studio is building up new technologies to surprise us with its upcoming PS4 titles.
We’ll have to wait for an official announcement to know more, but this is quite promising.