Bethesda, Lionhead hiring for next-gen games

First hints at Fable 4 and Elder Scrolls 6?

In what smells suspiciously like a snowballing news trend, both Bethesda Softworks and Lionhead are hiring for roles on next gen game projects.

Lionhead's listing is a touch more circumspect, never actually mentioning the words "next gen". The Microsoft-owned studio is "seeking a highly skilled and experienced Lead Engine Programmer to be a key contributor on an unannounced title." Experience called for includes work on current gen engines, but the House of Molyneux would also like to hear from people with knowledge of Direct X 11.

Can we have Skyrim mods on the next Xbox, Bethesda?

Xbox 360, in case you'd forgotten, only supports up to Direct X 9. Whatever Lionhead's cooking, it won't appear on the machine that presently occupies your living room. It's possible Lionhead's making a PC game, of course, but this seems doubtful given the studio's considerable history with Xbox 360 and Kinect.

Rather more bluntly, Bethesda "is looking for experienced programmers to work on cutting-edge technology for an unannounced game on future-generation consoles". Ideal candidates will have "experience playing Bethesda Game Studios games", pointing to an instalment from an existing franchise, rather than a new IP.

The next Xbox is said to be six times as powerful as Xbox 360. Powerful enough for you, Lionhead and Bethesda? It doesn't seem to be powerful enough for Epic.

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