LucasArts hiring for open-world RPG

Clint Hocking calls attention to gameplay engineer job posting calling for console experience and passion for innovation.

Last year, Ubisoft Montreal creative director Clint Hocking jumped ship to work at LucasArts on an unannounced project. While that project remains unknown, one detail may have emerged thanks to Hocking himself.

Clint Hocking.

Hocking last night posted a link on his Twitter account to a new job opening on the recruiting site of LucasArts' parent company, Lucasfilm. The posting is for a gameplay engineer to work on an open-world role-playing game. The listing included no details about the title, but the ideal candidate would possess console development experience as well as "passion for making and playing innovative games."

LucasArts followed that up with a Twitter post of its own, saying, "It should be noted that we're hiring for a number of positions and games" in addition to Hocking's. Hocking did not specify that the position he linked to was his own game but back in June posted on Twitter that he was "prepping to open new positions." Yesterday's post linking to the job opening also referred to his previous mention of new openings.

At the moment, LucasArts has announced few upcoming projects. 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.

Hocking is best known for his work with Ubisoft, specifically on projects including the Splinter Cell series and Far Cry 2. For more on the developer's approach to game design, check out GameSpot's write-up of his Game Developers Conference 2011 presentation.

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64 comments
megakick
megakick

My guess is a, MONKEY ISLAND MMO OR MANIC MASION MMO.

Shafafa
Shafafa

You know I haven't played Battlefront in years, but looking back... that was one of the best Third Person Shooters i have ever played...

macca366
macca366

Grim Fandango II baby, no doubt *rubs hands together*

Santesyu
Santesyu

I dont want them to do another Kotor, well I do but I think the new starwars mmo is gonna cover that, what I would like them to explore personally is probably a open world RPG Battlefront game, I think would be awesome. Probably a remake of the first 1 and 2 games into 1 full Open world RPG game which would take over 100 hrs including side missions to complete. Thumbs up if u agree!!!

Rocker6
Rocker6

@Langway Jedi Knight series already expanded timeline after Episode VI.

Bad_Wobot
Bad_Wobot

A new Jedi Kinght game.........I miss Kyle Katarn.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

it cant be kotor 3, as much as i wish it would. lucas knows it would hurt TOR's sales.

Nissemean
Nissemean

just skip everything and make Star wars: Republic Commando 2.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Please don't turn this into another MMO or kiddy art style project!

Iffy350
Iffy350

Grand Theft Auto: Coruscant

Langway
Langway

How about "Knights of the New Republic". Something that expands the timeline past episode VI.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

After hearing this I really hope it's Knights of the old Republic 3 please be it.

Stoopid_Fool
Stoopid_Fool

Please be like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic III!!!! That would be sick!

starwarsjunky
starwarsjunky

i have a feeling it isn't gonna be the obvious (star wars). indiana jones maybe? or perhaps something new? is that even possible? lol

JaxusDK
JaxusDK

Gives us The Dig & Full Throttle back ... they where simply great

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

@Spurner.I couldn't agree more, LucasArts has done with this Darth Vader, Clone Wars, and so on for far to long and it is getting old. They need to do a timeline with the very beginning of forming the Republic and Jedi order, Exar-Kun war or the war with Darth Bane.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Honestly I would rather see a really good Star Wars game that takes us to the very beginning of the Republic and the Jedi order were form or at least take me to the war of Exar-Kun.

isshiah
isshiah

KOTOR 3, please...pretty please, with a cherry on top.

zequex
zequex

I'm hoping for the impossible in that they resurrect some of their old franchises. Loom Zak McKracken Maniac Mansion The Dig Full Throttle Outlaws They have so many amazing and colourful worlds and characters they could revive. Back in the day, LucasArts was king in terms of story, character, design, humour and gameplay. I would totally play an RPG based in the Loom universe.

zequex
zequex

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Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

If they failed with Star Wars and with Planetside already being worked on what else could they really bother with?

Darnasian
Darnasian

It says open world RPG! Since when Battlefront and Republic Commando were open world RPGs? I think this will be KOTOR 3 or a new IP!

miltpauris
miltpauris

It's good as long as it is released on PC.

shooters125
shooters125

Everyone is saying KOTOR 3 or Battlefront 3. Those are great too but I'd rather have me Republic Commando 2.

dinuattila
dinuattila

A KoTOR 3 would be too good to be true.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

MONKEY ISLAND ONLINE! YEEEEEEEAH... What? A man can dream.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Everyone here is saying KOTOR 3. That's great, but is anyone else hoping Battlefront 3? That could be amazing.

ziproy
ziproy

Maybe it could be another Mercenaries game. The first one was made by Lucasarts and it was great

Spurner
Spurner

If it is a Star Wars game, I wonder when in the timeline it will take place. Personally, I hope it's not in the era of the prequels. I'd like to see something new explored.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Maybe a Indiana Jones game? That would probably work pretty well as an open world RPG game if done right, just an idea.......

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Where the hell is KOTOR 3???? KOTOR was one of the best games last decade!!!

moviequest14
moviequest14

Lucasarts has yet to make a game that completely disappointed me,so I have a fair amount of confidence in whatever they have up their sleeves.

Barighm
Barighm

It may start as an innovative idea, but will likely end up being something we've seen before. This isn't such a bad thing. I doubt they will do KotoR 3, even though I believe Lucasarts can pull the KotoR license if they really wanted to (it's their property after all), but a Star Wars themed Fallout/Elder Scrolls style of game that allows you to visit other planets for a change of setting? I'd welcome that.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

I wouldn't mind an original game, but I would like some closure with KOTOR 3, which can lead into The Old Republic.

DarcyAllen
DarcyAllen

Just because it's LucasArts, doesn't mean it's going to be Star Wars. I'm hoping for an original game!

Iffy350
Iffy350

Am I the only person in the world who wants either an X-Wing Remake or a proper sequel. How about a remake of TIE Fighter.

med12
med12

the *REAL* KOTOR 3

Rocker6
Rocker6

I would like to see a sequel to Jedi Academy,or an offline KoTOR game,because Im not a MMO player.Right now Im exploring the roots of Jedi Knight series by playing Dark Forces on DosBoX.I like how challenging the game is.

mingolo
mingolo

Meh, I don't trust games that LucasArts actually produces on its own, or gives to companies like Obsidian to develop. The Force Unleashed games destroyed Vader's image, and the port of the first one to the PC sucked. If they're developing any new RPG, I hope it's together with a company like Bethesda or Bioware.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

Hopefully a new Star Wars game at least. I would much rather they make Jedi Knight 4 or Battlefront 3. For some reason Lucasarts still just doesn't understand how much people WANT those games!!!!

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

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bub166
bub166

Either KotOR 3 or a new, more open RPG. Can you imagine having an open-GALAXY game? Sure would beat open world.

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

As long as it's "open world single player RPG", they can't possibly be thinking about another MMO.. right?.

spector000
spector000

They not going to have 2 MMO out there at the same time for sure. I hope KOTOR 3 or some new IP. Haven't played as a Jedi for so long... I need to get back into the light and kick some Dark side in the #%^@