Tomb Raider developers, Crystal Dynamics, seem to be at work on a next-gen title judging by their recent job listing asking for developers that have experience with “current and next gen platforms”.
The developer has been hard at work with “The Avengers” for a while now, which is assumed to be a long-life GaaS title. The game could very well be cross-gen with a version coming out for PS5 and Xbox Scarlett when they release. Crystal Dynamics most recently worked as a sub-developer on Shadow of the Tomb Raider with Eidos Montreal, who have supposedly taken over the series as the former moves to new things.
Back on the main topic of the story, Crystal Dynamics recently posted a new job listing on their website for a “Lead Software Engineer”. Upon closer inspection the listing has a very interesting requirement in the required skills portion:
Experience with current and next gen platforms: Xbox, PlayStation, and PC
This is odd because if you looks around other listings on the site; they always refer to experience with the Xbox One, PS4 and PC by their specific indications.
In fact check out the screenshots below of previous listings by them:
If you’re wondering how anyone could have experience developing for next-gen platforms before they’re even announced, first-party developers could very well have early versions of dev-kits to play around with.
We really doubt this is a mistake as mentioning different generations is just too convenient. We know that CD’s next project is The Avengers and it won’t come to the PS3 and Xbox 360, so even mistakenly mentioning them as “current gen” makes no sense.
Rumors for the next-gen consoles, the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett have been crazy the past few weeks.
Sony was recently reported to have registered patents for Backward Compatibility functionality and V-Sync-like techniques for the PS5. A new Killzone game could also be in development for the PS5 as some very notable multiplayer developers joined Guerrilla Games recently.
Several developers also laid down their wishlist for what they want from the next-gen consoles mostly notably more memory and storage.