Respawn Entertainment’s second installment in the Titanfall franchise may only see a release on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
A job posting for a senior animator at the development studio suggests that the sequel to the well received Titanfall may be breaking free from the constraints of the last-generation of games consoles.
The job listing, which you can find below, says that Respawn Entertainment believe “animation is a key part of defining the next generation of games” as well as explaining that animators are no longer mere technicians but are instead integral parts of the working machine that is storytelling.
Our animation department prides itself on having a high quality bar. We strive for excellence and beyond, and are always seeking ways to take our work to the next level. We believe that animation breathes life into a game. We believe that animation is a key part of defining the next generation of games and bringing about their most memorable moments; moments that the gamers don’t simply sit back and watch, but moments that they live. Games have evolved to the point that animators must be true storytellers rather than just technicians. Respawn is looking for excellent animators who share our passions, and who will help us tell stories and express emotions through remarkable animations and gameplay.
In addition, the job demands that applicants be ready to “create high fidelity 3D animations for use in-game,” suggesting that Respawn will be going all out with Titanfall 2 in the terms of visuals.
This is by no means concrete proof that Titanfall 2 will be a next-gen only game, but it’s certainly looking promising for those who despise the idea of cross-gen releases for fear of the PS4/Xbox One versions being held back by the former generations capabilities.
Personally, I’m all for cross-gen releases but I don’t think it’d be terrible for Respawn to be allowed to flex their digital digits and really hit the PS4/Xbox One with all they’ve got.