What we heard: Boston-area developer Turbine is no stranger to crafting online-enabled games. The shop's biggest massively multiplayer games are Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online, both of which are exclusive to the PC. Now, it appears the developer is jumping to console development with a new online game.
A new Turbine job listing (from parent company Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) calls for a software engineer for console gameplay for work on an "unannounced online console project." It appears the game will land on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as the listing further asks for someone with "experience with existing modern game engines supported by the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."
As for what the game might be called, according to Turbine employee Josh Phelan's resume, the title is currently going by the code name "Project Hendrix." Further, Phelan's resume also states that the game is in development for the PC in addition to consoles.
Few details are offered about Project Hendrix in Phelan's resume, but the information does indicate that the title will offer player vs. player combat in some fashion, a staple of massively multiplayer online gameplay.
Turbine developing a console MMO game comes as little surprise. Studio vice president of product development Craig Alexander said in 2009 that consoles have finally achieved the basic requirements to support MMO games, from storage space to online communities. Alexander further noted that Turbine believes MMOGs are soon going to revolutionize the console space, just like they did with the PC.
Additionally, Phelan's resume indicates that Turbine was working on a console-exclusive MMO game from July 2009 to August 2010, at which time it was canceled.
The official story: As of press time, Turbine has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment or clarification on the matter.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus, given that Turbine is officially hiring for a new online console game.