Batman: Arkham City’s creators at Rocksteady are not prone to resting on their laurels. The studio announced its sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards, just three months after Asylum released. It’s been over six months since Arkham City’s release now, and with Rocksteady racking up awards and sales with aplomb, speculation on what the studio will get up to next is starting to boil. According to a job posting, it looks like Rocksteady is moving on to bigger things, namely the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720.
Recruiting website Specialmove (via Arkham City.co.uk) posted a listing for a Senior Engine Programmer position with Rocksteady on Apr. 25, a team member that will specifically work on “a AAA title on the next generation platforms.” In addition to essential skills like an “understanding of the main gaming platforms,” the ideal candidate should have “experience with low-level PS3 programming.”
What’s interesting about this requirement is that rumors about Sony’s next console, sometimes called PlayStation 4 or Orbis, claim that the machine will abandon the PlayStation 3’s Cell Processor architecture in favor of using AMD-made CPU and GPUs, making development for the console simpler for creators used to PC architecture. That Rocksteady is looking for a programmer that is at least familiar with the PlayStation 3’s unique and unwieldy Cell architecture suggests that Sony may not abandon the Cell afterall.
It could also imply though that Rocksteady’s first game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720/Durango will also be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. When new machines hit the market, publishers are often anxious to accommodate everyone buying console games. Look no further than 2006 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games like Activision’s Marvel Ultimate Alliance, which hit both those systems and older technology like the PlayStation 2 and Wii, as a prime example.
What could Rocksteady be working on? We know for sure that it’s working on a Wii U version of Batman: Arkham City. Nintendo and Warner Bros. announced this version at E3 last year and they’re expected to detail Wii U specific features for the device at E3 2012 in June.
The rumor in January was that Rocksteady would turn to another comic book property for its next game, namely Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The plan was to make a game about the terrapin martial artists similar in structure and tone to Arkham City. Rocksteady head Segton Hill told Kotaku in February though that though they smiled at the rumor, the team wasn’t make a Turtles game.