The internet rumor mill is a fickle thing. One careless mention in a CV or online profile, and people will declare that an all-new IP, with a setting previously left unexplored by a given publisher, is coming soon. While we prefer to approach this newest tidbit of insight regarding what might go on behind Rockstar’s closed doors with extreme skepticism, it is certainly an interesting scrap of information.
As has happened so many times in the past, a Rockstar Games employee was a little too wordy in their LinkedIn profile, inadvertently revealing something about a project Rockstar is working on. Pawas Saxena is an artist at Rockstar India and their job responsibilities includes the following:
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Job responsibilities: Creating modular environment pieces with organic finish carefully following medieval architecture style.
The key takeaway here, as far as over-eager fans are concerned, is “medieval architecture”.
The primary theory is that Rockstar Games is working on an as-yet-unannounced fresh IP set during the middle ages. Since none of the existing franchises Rockstar is known to be working on – or, really, any Rockstar franchise or game ever – was set in the medieval era, it’s likely that we are looking at an entirely new concept cooking for the next console generation.
Of course, this should be taken with a 13th century salt mine’s worth of sodium. There are several places around the world today with actual buildings from the middle ages, new buildings designed to evoke the middle ages, and ruins from the middle ages. Entire towns in Europe have retained their medieval architecture.
One of the more credible rumors circulating about Rockstar projects is that Bully is going to get a sequel. Bully is set in a quintessential New England college town. The idea that Bully 2 could relocate the action to actual England, where you can’t walk 200 meters without tripping over some old castle or bailey, requires a lot less reaching than “new medieval IP”.
We’re eager to learn more about Rockstar’s plans for the next generation, beyond rumors and speculation.