LucasArts hiring for FPS, aerial combat games

Publisher's job postings point to multiple unannounced projects under way at San Francisco-based development studio; action adventure game also in the works.

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Last month, LucasArts drew attention when it put up a job posting for a gameplay engineer to work on an as-yet-unannounced open-world role-playing game. That's not the only secret project in the works at the publisher, as LucasArts' job pages now include listings for developers to work on an action adventure game, a first-person shooter, and an aerial combat game.

LucasArts' history of aerial combat games includes a few gems.

LucasArts has a history in all three genres. In the '90s, the company's X-Wing series of Star Wars flight combat games were among the most popular such titles on the PC. While the publisher also has its Secret Weapons series of World War II-era dogfighting sims (Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe and Secret Weapons Over Normandy), the requirements listed for the aerial combat game position indicate that experience in the genre, "especially space-based shooters," is a plus.

As for first-person shooters, LucasArts has produced titles in the genre both inside and outside of its prized Star Wars franchise. The Star Wars Dark Forces and Battlefront games are the publisher's best-known efforts in the genre, but it also produced a Western first-person shooter in 1997's Outlaws, as well as a more recent sci-fi effort with 2008's Fracture.

LucasArts' other famous film franchise has also provided the publisher with action adventures like Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine and Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. As for clues from the job opening, it notes only that "experience with cinematic action adventures is a plus."

At the moment, LucasArts has only a pair of upcoming projects announced. Those games consist of Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360 and the PC online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is primarily being developed by Electronic Arts' BioWare Austin studio.

Discussion

161 comments
xs_paine
xs_paine

I'd die happy if I got the chance to play another Tie Fighter game... :D

godziothc
godziothc

Best news of the month :) I was just saying last week that XWA doesn't bring as much joy as it used to. And an open world RPG by LA? Bring it on! @Sairnath though you sadly do make sense

ycdeo
ycdeo

1st, u need story writers , track me , I come up with stories at times!

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Otawo I agree with you. I am completely disappointed with how space combat is being handled in TOR. Hopefully it will change, or if not, your prediction comes true. I could sure go for some dogfights :)

Wrandomyz
Wrandomyz

Do you know how amazing it would be to have a Battlefront 3 with the graphic and sound design of DICE studios along with Frostbite 2.0 or something.. *drool* It definitely could be as big as Battlefield or Call of Duty with how many of us Star Wars geeks there are out there. You guys already got my $$$ if you make it! ;) haha

scratchisme
scratchisme

@Sairnath Crap..... Sadly I think you are right. That "Red Tails" idea makes way to much sense.

scratchisme
scratchisme

Please say that means Battlefront 3. I have been waiting for that game since I got a 360.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

I actually like Hayden Christensen! He's a very cool guy. Second, I have a deep ache in my heart wanting DICE and Lucasarts to do a co-op on Battlefront. Please, Please God make this happen. Pandemic was alright, but you cannot beat the guys that have been doing it for years. Pandemic wasn't even all that passionate about the sound design. For some vehicles they FLAT OUT made up weapon noises. At least DICE takes their sound seriously - and with LucasArts/Skywalker sound they would just... *I* would just give them my wallet. Have all of it. Here. Take it

Otawo
Otawo

With SWG closing and TOR space being a shooter on rails maybe Lucas Arts is going to give us pilots a new X-wing TIE fighter game. Please Lucas Arts, your our only hope.

Sairnath
Sairnath

I'm more inclined to believe that the aerial combat game will tie in with LucasFilms WWII movie "Red Tails" that comes out early next year.

DanGleeSack
DanGleeSack

Yes looks like a republic commando 2 (fps) and star fighter game (flying)

calum1984
calum1984

republic commando 2.............please say its so!!

Majkic666
Majkic666

Spend your money and time on Knights of the Old Republic 3 instead!

redskinStu
redskinStu

The FPS will include a level where you can blow away Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christiansen.

Custodian405
Custodian405

From what I can remember, Republic Commando was pretty fun so a sequel would be cool. Lucas can also fianlly settle on some sort of canon for post return of the jedi story and they can make something for that. I don't know much about it but if there is already canon in place, why haven't they done anything with it except for the sci-fi novels? Its a shame that kotor3 can't be made because of TOR and its inevitable expansions.(Yes, its more kotor whining!) Unless they go even farther back into the past.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Or maybe, all of these positions are for Battlefront 3... Hey, I can dream right

Wall-E_2003
Wall-E_2003

The X-Wing games were sweet and battlefront 3 has so much potential it hurts. I really think that if Battlefront 3 was done right, it cud be as great as the cod or battlefield franchises

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

We definately need a Star Wars Battlefront 3. Those games are incredible!!

fel1693
fel1693

I miss my rogue squadron games, I want them back but even better, anyway I'll buy anything that has star wars in, I love it.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

The Action/Adventure title interests me. The world has gone too long without a Jedi Knight game. The mention of "cinematic action adventure" makes me think it won't be a JK game though.

Dlightwind134
Dlightwind134

I'm glad to hear about this and hope they'll open in up to some of the newer stuff as well. There are gaming SW communities out there that have been in need of new games to help keep the interest of it's members. The old flight Sims are a favorite of mine and many others in my club. To to get revamped version of these would be awesome and adding in the newer stuff would help to bridge the fan gap of new vs old school. Thus inspiring our fan fiction as well as pull us all together going forward and be able to generate some new interest for years to come.

BoabDreeps
BoabDreeps

Please, please, Lucasfilm don't screw this up. Look to the X-Wing series and just keep it simple and true to the Star Wars saga (preferably ignoring anything from the prequel abominations). I want to fly in formation with my friends and take on the Empire. Keep George Lucas and Rick McCallum the hell away from it. Go on do it for us...the fans...make us proud.

SamDC1991
SamDC1991

Hell Yeah, At last Lucasart's is getting the ball rolling. I would love a new proper Indiana Jones game, Star Wars Battlefront 3 and a new Rouge Squadron game PLEASE :) :) :)

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

republic commando 2. just......ugh. republic commando 2.

siamo
siamo

@digitalheadbutt Yeah I would be happy for a reboot in either franchise. I've had my heart personally set on seeing a new entry in Kyle Katarn's story for years, but I don't know if they could pull it off. Still, this is exciting news.

coop36
coop36

Id like a good Indiana Jones game.. or Maniac Mansion remake please :D

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Is this really happening? Is Lucasart if finally comming back to the correct road and gonna give fans what they want? :) We'll see we'll see....

baal46
baal46

X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter nuff said

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Whatever the guys at LucasArts create is an instant buy for me. I think the gaming community has been without a LucasArts flight simulator or FPS for far too many years. "The Force Unleashed" just didn't cut it, but we'll have to wait and see what comes from this, and if it's even "Star Wars" related.

lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

Battlefront 3 needs to HAPPEN. c'mon. Also Dark Forces re-boot could be cool

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

It's awesome how many people love Lucasarts games. I agree a Co-op Republic Commando and Battlefront would be absolutely amazing. We could always use a new Jedi Knight/Dark Forces title while we're at it. Hell throw in an X-wing title I'll take 'em all;).

jamiesomething
jamiesomething

Battlefront III would be so epic. Republic Commando II would be sweet. If they were to do a Knights of the Old Republic III, it'd be fun. I'd buy it. I love that stuff. But if they went a different direction and did a knights of the New Republic. So much win is there. And let's not forget X-Wing/Tie Fighter. That would be so awesome. I'm hoping for a true sequel. I would totally take even a total remake of X-Wing/Tie Fighter. Fond memories of being little, and cruising down the Death Star trench in my B-Wing during that special B-Wing mission . I don't know about you guys, but the whole Star Wars tittles sale on Steam today, along with this announcement.. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

user_pt
user_pt

jedi knight 4, republic commando 2 with co-op mode and battlefront 3. guaranteed win

Peppytron
Peppytron

@Crash_WL Oh God yes, a new Republic Commando with possibly co-op? Yes please. @baconater87 I hope so!

baconater87
baconater87

does anyone smell star wars battlefront 3 :}

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

A Republic Commando game would be day one purchase for me. And, of course, Knights of the Old Republic 3. You know we want it. Just give it to a great studio.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

How about "Knights Of The New Republic"???? Bring on X-Wing vs Tie and bring on SW Battlefront 3, Republic Commando 2 or Jedi Academy 2 [AKA Dark Forces 5]

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Guessing a Trooper FPS game and another Rogue Squadron? So how about Battlefronts 3. I mean its not like a lot of people are wanting it or anything.

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

@siamo Dude, for reals. I want me some new Dark Forces. They hired Clint Hocking who has a background in open world FPS; that was a while ago but this means they are about to start development in earnest. Since they are hiring an aerial combat guy too maybe they will the finally deliver the dark Forces meets Tie Fighter/XWing. I would be happy with just a new TieFighter/XWing.

siamo
siamo

JEDI KNIGHT IV

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

Rogue Squadron or Jedi Knight sequel please.

Merex760
Merex760

They need to make another Jedi Knight.

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

God, yes. I've been longing for a modern version of X-Wing. Please let it be a new X-Wing. :3

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

Screw action adventure! Screw aerial combat game! Give me a Gladius sequel! I'd also not mind an Outlaws FPS, provided it doesn't try to be "modern" with sticky cover, slow gameplay and health regen.

Kayweg
Kayweg

A current gen X-Wing game would the the PERFECT sidekick to SW:TOR ! Imagine after hours of storydriven mmorpg-ing, you strap into a x-wing or tie fighter and let rip ;) Of course, what would have been even better, is having that in SW:TOR to begin with. I'm less excited about a possible return of the "Secret weapons" IP. If anything i'd want it to be a proper flight sim, which given this day and age is not gonna happen. More likely some sort of aerial 3rd person shooter. Anyway, curious what they come up with.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Battlefront 3 please!... ...but don't make it an fps.

Gusz2
Gusz2

BATTLEFROOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!