While Guerrilla Games might be most known now as the studio that developed the critically acclaimed, and commercial blockbuster success that was Horizon Zero Dawn, the studio started out as a developer of Sony’s Killzone franchise.
Given Horizon’s success, it’s safe to assume that a sequel is underway, but could the studio also be working on Killzone 5? Just last year, we ran a story that heavily implied that the studio is working on a title with a multiplayer component. Not only that, but the studio even hired Rainbow Six Siege developers for an unannounced project. Just to further add fuel to the fire that the studio is working on Killzone 5, a new job posting by Guerrilla Games once again implies that the studio is working on a title with online multiplayer as one its parts.
The job posting, which can be viewed here (via Reddit), states that Guerrilla is looking for a Java Developer, and under the “What Will You Do” part, it mentions “concurrent users,” “matchmaking,” and other stuff associated with multiplayer.
What Will You Do
- You will build a robust backend that can scale up to serve many concurrent users;
- You will work on systems like matchmaking, tournaments, clans and leaderboards;
- You will cooperate with game designers to achieve the vision for the game;
- You will work on systems to test and deploy a new server set without downtime;
- You will integrate the game servers with the PlayStation Network and other third party services;
- You will keep up to date with the Java world and introduce new technologies when they are relevant for Guerrilla;
- If you are comfortable with C++, you can help integrate the back end services in the game client;
Those stuff listed there leaves no doubt that online multiplayer is somehow part of it all, right? The big question here is, is this for the next Killzone? Maybe Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will have an online multiplayer component of sorts? Or maybe this is for a new franchise altogether!
For reference, the last mainline Killzone game released was Killzone: Shadow Fall, which was released on the PS4 way back in November 2013, which is close to six years ago.
Would you want to see a new Killzone game from Guerrilla or would you prefer to see a new franchise from the studio?