A new job listing has appeared on Guerrilla Games' career page, prompting speculation concerning the development of a Horizon Forbidden West MMO.
According to an initial report from VGC, a cluster of job listings centered around online gaming has appeared on the Guerrilla Games "Join" career webpage over the past week. There have been five posted in the past eight days, alone, and an additional 13 related to game development since the start of September. One listing that VGC highlighted was for a senior social systems designer.
Guerilla Games Listing Implies Horizon Forbidden West MMO
Considering that the other games included in the Guerrilla Horizon franchise are single-player and narrative-focused, the need for a social system seems out of place. The listing reads that this individual will "build and nurture player connections" and "create rewarding social relationships."
"As a Senior Social Systems Designer, you can expect to:
Design features and systems to promote a healthy and fun experience for our player community...and where compatible players can create Guild-like groups to explore together," it reads.
Another, senior game writer, makes direction mention to "open-world RPG games, online games, and MMORPGs."
Other associated listings include:
- Senior VFX Producer
- Copy and Game Writer
- Senior Technical Producer
- Senior Narrative Systems Designer
- Senior Technical Character Artist
- Senior Character Animator
- Technical Cinematic Animator
- Senior Technical Cinematic Animator
- Technical Animator
Rumors of a potential co-op mode for Horizon have been circulating since 2014 after a leaked concept art image made the rounds online. It depicted a group of characters battling against one of the known mechanical creatures that roam the world. Whether this was meant to be a multiplayer extension of the existing title or a full-fledged standalone game is unclear.
With the number of listings, however, fans have been leaning toward the latter. DBLTAP can neither confirm this nor whether all the listings are related, at all.
Horizon Forbidden West is scheduled for release in February 2022.