Rockstar building 'cutting-edge' next-gen tech

Company's Scotland office seeking programmer to help build new technology to power open-world games.

Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar North is seeking an experienced programmer to assist in building "cutting-edge" next-generation technology. The job posting indicates that a successful candidate will "develop cutting-edge architectures and high performance systems for current and next-gen platforms."

Additionally, desirable skills for the position include experience with "streaming, open-world games," among other things. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based Rockstar North is currently working on GTAV, which is slated to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during spring 2013.

Next-generation platforms from Microsoft and Sony have not yet been announced, though rumor and speculation have been available in heaps. These unannounced platforms are rumored to be on store shelves during the holiday 2013 period.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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BlueTurtz
BlueTurtz

I like Rockstar and Bethesda the most now

pasofreak
pasofreak

Rockstar San Diego will always be my favorite :D Red Dead Redemption was a turning point imo

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I hope next gen can do real-time ray tracing or path tracing. Why? Because this guy at http://raytracey.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/unbiased-dragon-fiesta.html said we can have levels with "BILLIONS of triangles". This is what he said:  "What you see here are 32x32 (1024) Stanford dragons, each containing 100k triangles for a total of more than 100 million triangles, all path traced in real-time. This number is actually quite modest, as we can easily scale up to billions of triangles and still be real-time. This is impossible to achieve with a rasterization based game engine."

 

This is the Stanford dragons he's talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km5RsEOeFGI

 

And this is the True Power of path tracing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zfCn24bGGk&list=UL

Go to 1:33 to see what this could look like in real-time.

max-hit
max-hit

Does cutting edge next gen mean a few more polygons?

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Rockstar is falling. Nothing cutting edge will came out of it. Good luck.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I remember seeing Rockstar North's studio in Edinburgh on holiday and actually taking a picture on my disposable camera I was that in awe.. (bear in mind I was young and 'cool' at the time).

 

Rockstar and Naughty Dog.  Personally my favourite Developer's ever! :D

mrklorox
mrklorox

Are they not satisfied with the state of the 'RAGE' engine that their San Diego studio developed? The wording makes it seem like they want the programmer in-house at Rockstar North in Scotland. I guess they want more direct control over their engine instead of communicating overseas all the time.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well I was planning on buying a new computer at some point anyway...

zpluffy
zpluffy

Gamespot, can you submit my resume

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

It might be for Agent, even though we haven't heard about that game since 2009.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

If its not open world, it's no good. For example, Dishonored would have been great with open world. Now it is way to short.

emgesp
emgesp

I hope the first game developed on the new engine will be a RDR sequel.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

I can't believe how little actual information this article includes yet I'm sooo excited :P!

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

After GTA V, it's either Bully 2 or another Red Dead. Frankly, I'm fine with either. I remember the composer gave away that he was working on Bully 2's composition, so it's most likely Bully 2.Hoping this new thing for Rockstar ends up being the bee's knees. Did I just say bee's knees? Yes, I did. 

MuddVader
MuddVader

Just make your next engine not run like garbage on the PC. Thanks.

rodier3
rodier3

truth is..   gta 5 looks bad.  world is OK, but characters? 

sullyliam
sullyliam

Rockstar rock..wish i could just sleep till GTA V release date.goin to be class.

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

i just want to know if they will be releasing any games on WII U,it would be nice if nintnedo can get all of Rockstar's games like the ps3 and xbox 360

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

I love Rockstar. They're always doing something amazing for games in general. Well, except for that lack of RDR on PC. Damn, I'm just not going to get over that. Still! Rockstar is amazing at what they do.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Rockstar North is console-only developer. Cheap ports MAY BE developed when there are visible amount of beggers.

kohle36
kohle36

*crosses fingers* 'open world pirate adventure, open world pirate adventure, open world pirate adventure...'

SolidTy
SolidTy

It doesn't surprise me, the next wave of consoles are in devs hands at this point.

Morph_The_Cat
Morph_The_Cat

Yes. Please hook it up, Rockstar. PC is just so nice.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

"cutting-edge"  tech! well hardly !  next gen consoles are mid range pc components form a year ago. Next Gen is PC only ever going to be a PC thing imo, not turned my PS3 on for games in a year plus even though i got some so called killer games like kz3 gt5, resist3 that i have not even bothered to finish.

only way i will be picking this game up is on PC.

barleybosh
barleybosh

 @max-hit uhh if that's cutting edge to you, old man with doom guy icon. lol just kidding

deon99
deon99

 @Zerosumgame What?Rockstar has to be the most loved Studio in the game.They are you favorite studios, favorite studio.

KrakenDEV
KrakenDEV

 @Zerosumgame what gives you the idea that Rockstar is falling? do you have evidence or is that just an unfounded fanboyism?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @-HaloHitman- Damn I wish they'd feed us some info on that thing :/

 

Definitely a next-gen project now surely?

Vorheez
Vorheez

 @MuddVader TRUE. That would be lovely. Hoping GTAV on PC will be optimized as well.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @rodier3 A retired bank robber, a psychopath, and young lad trying to get rich quick...

 

What the hell more do you want in GTA, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La la and Po?!

 

Seriously man  :|

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

 @RIPANTHONY8008 

Not sure if that might happen as Nintendo focuses more on a family friendly atmosphere with occasionally matured content allowed to be designed and released on their platform and well we all know what Rockstar's games tend to be like so.....

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @kohle36 yar har fiddledeedee

being a pirate is alright with me

do what you want cuz a pirate is free

you are a pirate

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

 @SolidTy

 That could be a good thing, could be bad. It boils down to who is more lazy and greedy. If the console makers are greedy, then yeah, it would be best if devs have the power. I have no doubt though, Rockstar will bring some A game to their engine.

marting265
marting265

 @AlphaWolF_J i cant stand pc die hards that think the only way to play is on the pc, kinda pathetic

soheil_nassri
soheil_nassri

 @AlphaWolF_J I don't understand why people are comparing consoles with PC. PC is mother of consoles. We don't buy Consoles for just their graphics. People buy consoles because it is easier to play with and also you don't have install the games and think about maybe it works on my PC or not. Also some games you can't find on PCs because of controllers and ... You find more on PCs FPSs and Strategy games. I am sure PC has better graphics but how many games are using it?! in recent years just 2 or 3 games really use the capabilities of modern GPUs. Crysis, Star Wars 1313 and Battlefield 3. Most of games are looking slightly better than their console versions. So for me I don't see a reason to spend 1000$ on a decent graphic card and max out just 1 or 2 games. I did this mistake in 2004 and paid too much for a powerful graphic carda and I just had one game Doom 3 that was really using its powers. As long as the next gen consoles have not emerged in market, we would see the same crappy games with slightly better graphics on PCs. I respect PC but developers are lazy and final word: Software is behind the Hardware at the moment. Thanks 

Srenuka14
Srenuka14

@AlphaWolF_J my friend rockstar said themselves the hardware on the ps3 and 360 is enough for a brilliant looking game. I seen it in the gameinformer gta v magazine Do you have any proof the components are from a year ago unlikely. You cant predict the future

ControlSchemes
ControlSchemes

 @warhawk-geeby  @rodier3 LMAO I can't believe I recognized a Tellitubby reference. Heck, I doubt I even spelled that right. I'm even more surprised someone used the reference lol. 

rodier3
rodier3

 @Viral-venom13  @RIPANTHONY8008  omg..  liar..   darksiders2, mass effect (with sex scenes), batman, zombiu..  wiiu is normal console like ps3/x360.  not for casuals gays like you...

rodier3
rodier3

 @soheil_nassri  @AlphaWolF_J well.. more than 50% of games today need installation (at least on PS3)...  some eat even 20GB of space... (yes, selling 12gb version is silly)

adagio_spider
adagio_spider

 @soheil_nassri  You must still be living in 2004, because not only the hardware has evolved, but the economy as well, for PC parts. You can buy a PC with as much as you pay for a console and it's still better in every way. And yes, you can use your PC in your living room on your big TV and with a controller, so don't bother bringing that up.

soheil_nassri
soheil_nassri

 @Srenuka14  @AlphaWolF_J Even look at games today in year ~2013 I still see some crappy PS2 textures. I was playing COD BO2 and Dishonored and both were full of crappy PS2 textures.

adagio_spider
adagio_spider

 @InquisitorCrox  @soheil_nassri Who chooses this for covering up their inability to create a game for a certain platform and who does it solely for the purpose of transmitting an atmosphere is highly subjective. There's no point in arguing over it.

 

Dishonored fits perfectly with this style, and it does not feel like it detracts from the atmosphere of the game, the immersion, at all. It only adds to it. The real reason they did it? Who cares, if it works? It makes the game look beautiful, run beautifully on low end machines and consoles, and that's all that matters. At least as far as Dishonored is concerned.

 

Sure, current-gen consoles hold back "what could be", but it's not all about realistic high resolution textures, is it? Do you really think it would look that much better if Dishonored used a different style had it been developed solely for PC? It's actually one of the best ports out there.

 

Do you really want to keep seeing long walls of text like this? Let's end it then! Back to gaming, I say!

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

 @adagio_spider  @soheil_nassri 

 

Many devs choose this "artistic" approach to cover their inefficiences though and the point indeed is that despite reaching the end of their cycle, the current gen of consoles are keep streamlining mediocre textured games.

adagio_spider
adagio_spider

 @soheil_nassri Dishonored does not have bad textures, it has a certain art style of washed out colors and textures. Learn to make the difference and not bash the game for something that it didn't do wrong.  Crappy textures means some 200x200 texture re-sized to 512x512 and above. Such is not the case with Dishonored.