With the holiday season being far behind us at this point and it’s now time to get back to the hustle and bustle of work, developer Ninja Theory is currently hiring for several open positions. Namely, the studio is looking to hire talented individuals for different categories, as it’s currently brewing up several AAA titles.
The first-party UK-based video game development studio is popularly known for several titles, namely Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Heavenly Sword, and DmC: Devil May Cry, which received mixed reviews. Ninja Theory was actually one of the video game studios that was acquired by Microsoft in 2018, so these job openings are most likely for Xbox-exclusive games.
As of this moment, the studio’s official website states that there are currently 14 open positions. The various roles available span across different areas of expertise, such as melee combat designers, animators, level designers, sound designers, artists, and more.
Even though Ninja Theory doesn’t specifically mention which IP will be worked on, the general public are already aware of the projects that the studio is currently developing. Some of the upcoming titles include Project: Mara, an extremely realistic horror game, and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, which will be set in Iceland.
These newly posted job listings will allow hired employees to either work from home, given the current global circumstances, or from the new Cambridge headquarters.
While we don’t really know for certain, many believe that the new hires will probably help work on Project: Mara. Ninja Theory’s most recent Developer Diary, which basically gives fans a sneak peek at the process behind the studio’s game development, focuses on Project: Mara and how it’s able to have ultra-realistic visuals thanks to innovative capture technology.
Tameem Antoniades, Ninja Theory’s Chief Creative Officer, said in the recent video diary that the upcoming horror title will be succinct but groundbreaking at the same time, which can be achieved by utilizing state-of-the-art visual techniques.
On the other hand, there’s always a chance that the job listings will be for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 instead. Built with Unreal Engine 5, Hellblade 2 was hinted to have a 2021 release window, but perhaps Ninja Theory is currently in need of more people to help with the game’s development.
It makes sense if this is the case, especially after CD Projekt RED disappointed many fans with the release of Cyberpunk 2077 and is now in the middle of several controversies. As such, we can imagine that Ninja Theory would probably want to avoid this kind of issue by ensuring that its upcoming title will play as smoothly as possible with the help of extra hands.
That being said, both aforementioned titles are part of The Insight Project. For the uninformed, Ninja Theory is working with mental health professionals through The Insight Project in an effort to study and treat mental health issues via game design. In fact, the developer donated all of its sales from Hellblade to a mental health organization back in 2017.
In any case, whether the new listings are for either Project: Mara, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, or a completely different project, this is definitely a good thing for Ninja Theory as it indicates that the studio is growing and progressing.