Black Tusk Studios May Be Using Frostbite Or Unreal Engine 4 On New Xbox IP
Thus far we’ve basically seen a thirty-second teaser trailer letting us know that Black Tusk Studios is developing a new first party IP for Xbox One. And that’s all that was needed to get the industry whipped into a frenzy. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about what Black Tusk is working on, and we still haven’t heard anything new, but we do know one thing; the game is still in its infancy. The studio is hiring a large amount of staff to ramp up production at this time. And not just QA testers. Their gunning for a lead writer, senior online engineer, lead environment artist, senior producer, and more. With these spots vacant it’s easy to deduce that development hasn’t hit full swing as of yet.
Within the descriptions of the positions it was discovered that Black Tusk is looking for the lead environment artist to have experience with the Unity, Frostbite, and Unreal engines. This is simply speculation as the end of the bullet point reads “experience a plus”, but if they’re ideally looking for someone who’s worked with the tech in the past, there’s a good chance the studio is using it for their game.
The description for the lead writer starts off nicely with, “We are looking for a seasoned storyteller who can help us bring Microsoft’s next big IP to life. This individual will help us develop the characters, story arc, emotional tone, pacing, dialogue, and flavor of a story that will shape the spirit of this new franchise.” Later in the listing it’s mentioned that Black Tusk is looking for a writer that’s ideally been involved in TV, film, and games in the past.
These small details are starting to paint a picture. It looks like it’ll be a while before we get a good look at what Black Tusk has been up to, but it looks like the title may be more narrative driven than expected if they’re looking for a seasoned TV, film, and video game storyteller. From the brief teaser the title looks to be espionage-related, and possibly set in the near future. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for more on what Black Tusk is up to in the future.
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