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Arkane studios, the makers of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Dishonored and Prey, are a company with two subsidiaries: they have a studio in Lyon, France, and another in Austin, Texas. While the former are finalizing the development of Deathloop, the US team is working on an unannounced game, according to Harvey Smith, director of Arkane Austin, in an interview with Vandal. That title, according to a company employee, is being developed with Unreal Engine 4 and will have a fantastic setting.
Lisa charriere is senior special effects artist at Arkane Austin since October 2018. In his profile on the social network LinkedIn, he notes that he is working on a “Project not announced in Unreal Engine 4” with a theme of “fantasy”. The information has been collected by the Twitter user @ bogorad222 in said social network.
Arkane Studios Austin is working on a fantasy game using Unreal Engine 4. pic.twitter.com/2RGQTf3A6E— Timur222 (@ bogorad222) January 12, 2021
Smith explained to this medium that, after co-development between the Austin and Lyon offices for the first Dishonored, moved from the United States to Lyon for four years to work on the sequel. “At the end of Dishonored 2 I went back to Austin. I’m not in Deathloop, I’m in something else, working with those who made Dishonored and Prey“.
Be a game with “immersive simulation and emergent gameplay”
In September 2020, the studio public job vacancies seeking technical engineers for the Austin team with the goal of working on the “next title AAA”. They were looking for staff with “familiarity with Unreal Engine 4”, who had experience with “modern” consoles and able to manage “real-time and concurrent systems”. “Our immersive simulation style and emerging gameplay creates many challenges,” they stated in the job offer.
Arkane’s next game is Deathloop, a first-person shooter game that promises to collect the studio’s identity signs (different ways to meet the objectives, playable systems that intertwine with each other, etc.), will be released next May 21, 2021 for PC and PlayStation 5 in Spain and the rest of the world. It has exclusivity on the Sony console for one year.