Midway working on Area 52, Criminal

Job postings for openings at publisher's Austin studio mention unannounced next-gen games.

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For a top-secret government facility, Area 51 is pretty infamous. And for an unannounced sequel to a popular franchise, Midway's Area 52 is not being kept under especially tight wraps, it seems.

New job postings on GameDev.net this week indicate that Midway Games is planning both a sequel to its 2005 first-person shooter Area 51, as well as a new game known for the moment simply as Criminal.

The job postings don't reveal much about the games, but there are scraps to divine. For instance, a listing for an Area 52 animator position lists familiarity with the Unreal Engine and first-person shooters as a bonus qualification. A listing for a visual effects animator for the game says the hired candidate will be working on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms and says experience with physics-based systems is a plus.

As for Criminal, the position for an environment modeler on the game says Midway is looking for someone with the ability to quickly pick up next-gen tech like the Unreal Engine 3, with experience modeling and texturing "photo-realistic subject matter." The posting for a cinematic lead artist for the game says the company wants someone to make real-time and prerendered cinemas "for cutting-edge games for PS3, Xbox 360."

Midway had not returned a request for comment as of press time.

Discussion

62 comments
btkiz
btkiz

Agreed, Psi-Ops was way better than Area 51...plus it said to be continued at the end.

Headcrab_Lord
Headcrab_Lord

Cool. Hopefully they can improve upon the original. Now, all we need is a Psi-Ops sequel.

GatoFeo
GatoFeo

Hope this game is great,not good like area 51.....

gagan21
gagan21

area 51 was ok ,but not that good , this 1 better be nice

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

hopefully if they make a sequel to area 51,maybe they'll add the bloodsplat engine they were hyping so much for Area 51 and never saw the light of day

PelekotansDream
PelekotansDream

I liked Area 51, a lot of people didnt notice how much work was put into the graphics but the lifespan of the game was poor. I loved all the conspiracy theories you see during the game like a studio where the moon landing was filmed. Infact I feel like playing the game right now.

Gator08
Gator08

its funny because I have Area 51 in my PS2 right now, i rented it yesterday and won't be playing it anymore because i beat it in under a day. The voiceovers were crap, I hope this is better.

Gigastormz
Gigastormz

Area 51 was cool but WAY too easy. I rented it and finished the game in two days.

tr00pa_26
tr00pa_26

dont you think we ought to take it slow the real aliens might be really pissed off

Omair_bad
Omair_bad

Area 51 was a good game, I even liked it better than HL2 & Doom3. Hope the next sequel lives up to the orignal.

slyydevil
slyydevil

I agree area 52 is a horrible name but i'm guessing that they're trying to follow in the footsteps of ocean's 12, 13, etc. It's just alittle too cliche for that title and hopefully it's just a "working title" and not the final one. To me it would be better if it were Area 51: "fill in the blank". BTW area 51 wasn't that bad, it was a "safe" fps that didn'y stray too far from the formula that's all.

grave_rob
grave_rob

area 51 was rad...hope they keep up that formula

Flamingpostman
Flamingpostman

I enjoyed Area 51, hopefully Area 52 will be better.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

It's a bad name but don't just assume it can't be any good because the first one wasnt that great... personally the first game had some potentional and it even had great graphics (for the time) but the gameplay came out just kinda meh... but maybe they will learn from their mistakes and make the second game pretty good

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Area 51 was garbage and the online multiplayer was even worse. This sequel better knock my socks off in order for me to buy it.

rohver
rohver

Thats great. Area-51 was a good game and I hope 52 (what a bad name :P ) turns outot be even better!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

They could have come up with a better title than Area 52. Good grief. :?

jamil2nice
jamil2nice

Area 52 is a real place and it has nothing (not even conspiracy) to do with Aliens

tunels
tunels

area 51 rocked i want to use teh bbg again. i also want an atomic super weapon and the old atomic super wepon from area 51. area 52 better have those or god stop me.

Flamingpostman
Flamingpostman

Area 51 had a crazy sense of action, it was a different, refreshing game compared to the other, more strategic FPS.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

area 51 was popular? why do bad games always sell good?

shamarke
shamarke

loool Area 52 plus the aliens or ugly!!!!

Noutyboi
Noutyboi

Area 52... right. Would've been better to make it Area 51: something.... Then again, who knows if Area 52 will be final.

Mutated_Nantuko
Mutated_Nantuko

I heard that Area 51 was supposed to be a Halo killer, then I heard it was voiced by David Duchovny and couldn't stop laughing.

neoand12
neoand12

I hope Unreal Engine 3 don't get old too fast.

eiru
eiru

Area 52? lolz

ny_hamid
ny_hamid

Area 51 had a crazy sense of action, it was a different, refreshing game compared to the other, more strategic FPS.

CJTheBurninator
CJTheBurninator

I liked Area 51, and i'll be looking forward to Area 52. I just hope they have plans to release it for the PC as well.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Area 51 was a decent game. It makes sense to try to improve on the flaws of Area 51. But Unreal Engine? Hellz yeah! PS3 and Xbox 360? Hellz yeah again! And now, for Criminal. I'm guessing this will be some kind of GTA clone, maybe? I dunno. But once again....Unreal Engine? Hellz yeah!

helios515
helios515

I enjoyed Area 51, hopefully Area 52 will be better.

DarknessOfFate1
DarknessOfFate1

no it is not good to see sequals there is way way way way too many sequals instead of fresh ideas.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Well maybe with Area 52 they can fix the problems that where in Area 51. I am happy to see a new one it is always good to see sequels. So maybe this one will play more like the one's in the Arcades.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

Area 51 was actually decent hope the second one improves upon 51 flaws lets face it people many said that the game was bad but gamers still bought the game...it was one of those "guilty pleasure" games

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

I didn't like Area 51, but maybe 52 will be better.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Area 51 was underrated. It was moderate.

randomguy667
randomguy667

"Ill pass the demo that came with mortal kombat sucked" Demo? What demo? And for that matter, what mortal kombat?

rentaro
rentaro

Awsome a sequel to Area 51. First game was good but slightly repetitive

gameloverx
gameloverx

I liked both versions of Area 51

Mohamadouf
Mohamadouf

Area 51 SUCKED big time if midway would not put some effort on making thier upcomming game, i'd recommed they leave the whole PC scene and just stay with consols

Carnage143
Carnage143

I thought Area 51 was a pretty good game and I look foward to the next installment.

relset
relset

midway is a good publisher or developer i don`t know exactly what it is but they have realesed only one good title, and that is mortal kombat

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Arena 52, KOOL name. As for Criminal... if Midway goes for Sufferingish game, it will rock.

Terran499
Terran499

Area 51 was cool. Lets see what was on the bed of that semi that left the facilty.