Recently Traveller’s Tales announced on their website that the team is looking for a full time Game Programmer as well as a junior game programmer, a lead character rigger and a community manager all based in Manchester. In exploring the game programmer role further Traveller’s Tales state:
“The project you will be on will be a major IP based LEGO® game built in Unreal” while further explaining that the successful applicant will be working on numerous sectors that all share a common theme of involving network content and play.
List of Tasks Traveller’s Tales Detail in Description
-Work with animators, artists, and designers to engineer reusable modular game systems that they can use to create fun networked content for the game.
-Work on AI systems required to create fun networked enemy AI, Party AI, and Boss AI.
-Write reusable gameplay systems that will allow designers to populate the hubs with fun networked game play.
Its plain to see that Traveller’s Tales maybe be hinting to an online Lego game. Or a Lego game with online elements at least. Taking this information we can only really speculate what the gameplay may entail. Perhaps the game will include raid-like elements as Boss AI was mentioned along with AI party. Furthermore, populating hubs for network play sounds not too similar to hubs like the social ones found in Destiny: 2. Furthermore, like the regions in Elder Scrolls: Online. Additionally Lego games have always included hub areas like the cantina in Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.
Traveller’s Tales A Lego Legacy
Thus far, only two Lego games have included online play, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga and Lego Indiana Jones 2. Fans of the Lego games have got creative however, using Parsec to play CO-OP online. Traveller’s Tales recently announced that Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be releasing early next year. Despite this, the game programmer job appears to be unrelated as the role includes creating networked player mechanics. Meaning that this “major IP” Lego game is separate from Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
The Lego games have always stayed safe following the formula that Traveller’s Tales have perfected. Although peeling back the wholesome Lego charm. It can be argued that the games lack innovation, this hint to an online Lego game would definitely fix that.