Netflix, that thing you only have thanks to a parent or ex’s password, is starting the “triple-A PC game” business. That’s according to a vacancy for a game director (opens in new tab) on the company’s website, which also indicates that the game Netflix has in mind will be a live service shooter.
Spotted by MobileGamer.biz (opens in new tab), Netflix’s favorite candidate is an Unreal Engine maestro with “extensive experience” in live-service games. They will also know all about ‘social systems’ […] both cooperative and competitive” and, preferably, have experience working on “FPS and/or Third Person Shooter games”. be 70% accurate.
Intriguingly, Netflix says the ideal mercenary can “create, ship and run a game without competing design constraints due to monetization”. That suggests that, like the company’s mobile games, its “triple-A PC” offering will be free of microtransactions. Perhaps that’s to be expected based on Netflix’s track record, but it would be an unexpected move from a live-service game.
As MobileGamer also points out, another one entry for a chief engineer (opens in new tab) refers specifically to a project to build a “third-person action RPG”. It’s not entirely clear if that’s the same game referenced in the director list, but it would make sense based on what we already know.
Other than that, we can’t make much out of the vacancy list. There’s just the usual vacancy: Netflix wants a game director who aligns with its core values and can “synthesize” Netflix’s “unique benefits” into a “hugely successful game.” So don’t even think about applying if you can only summarize the unique benefits of Netflix in one mediocre successful game, buster.
Netflix has been branching out more and more into gaming lately. It established its first in-house studio (opens in new tab) last September and says yes “seriously considering” cloud gaming (opens in new tab). And why not? I suppose a little more competition in the games industry is never a bad thing. Hopefully this one works better than Amazon’s F2P shooter Melting pot. Please, please don’t make me install another damn launcher.