Not for the first time in recent weeks, Rockstar India are doing yet another recruitment drive as the studio looks to build upon their development team with a wide variety of new positions.
For those who don't know, Rockstar India were created when Rockstar acquired the Indian based studio Dhruva Interactive for $7.9 million from Starbreeze earlier this year.
In a Linkedin post (that certainly wasn't missed by many Grand Theft Auto fans) Rockstar India recruitment manager shared a message looking for prospective new employees. The post read:
"Rockstar India will be @ IGDC 2019, Hyderabad : 22nd – 23rd November 2019. Please talk to us if you want to be a part of Rockstar Games. Email for more details"
As we've alluded to, this isn't the first time that Rockstar India has been on the job hunt.
But for a company that already boasted over 350 employee's before being acquired by Rockstar, does seem, interesting.
Let's hypothetically assume that GTA 6 is definitely underway internally at Rockstar Games. Something a Tech Radar report previously claimed back in 2015.
Whilst it's entirely possible that Rockstar India could be involved with the game, it seems highly unlikely they're leading the development.
How could they, when they only joined the Rockstar family a number of months back.
But, that being said, it's hard to shake that in the past few weeks, we've seen a Rockstar India Linkedin job listing asking for Game Testers , and another with a Rockstar India Employee who's LinkedIn profile mentioned working on an 'Unannounced AAA game' .
With such a robust recruitment drive, it seems far more likely that Rockstar India could actually be working on, or at the very least staffing up, for a brand new Rockstar Games project.
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Earlier this year, In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick highlighted that he wanted to have a more reinvigorated release schedule from his company – of which Rockstar is a part.
Zelnick promised that Take-Two wouldn't alter its focus on the "fewer, bigger, better strategy" – releasing games when they're ready, rather than annualising them.
However, Zelnick did identify that games like Red Dead Redemption 2 – which enjoyed an eight-year development cycle – probably was in development 'too long'.
"[…] Our ability to engage with consumers on an ongoing basis has [resulted in] some less pressure on getting to market with an all-new title. But we find that intersection between the time it takes our creators to do the best work in the industry on the one hand, and what the consumer wants, recognizing that building anticipation is a good thing.
"And we believe in resting titles as a great thing. I was a real outlier 12 years ago when we said we don't think it makes sense to annualize non-sports titles, and now most people would agree. But I think eight years is probably too long."
So what if, Rockstar India is helping with GTA 6, as that 'Unannounced AAA game' tease would suggest, but behind the scenes are working towards something new.
Even if it wasn't anything new, with so many great IP's in their locker, including Bully, Max Payne and Midnight Club Racing to name just a few, it would be equally exciting if they were to breath new life into some old Rockstar favourites.
Recent sources told VGC earlier this month that Rockstar New England had shelved development of Bully 2 . But that could be a decision made many years back.
Again, this is mostly our opinion and conjecture. It's so hard to know with any certainty what's going on inside Rockstar Games, being one of the most secretive of studios.
But given everything Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has said, it's hard to shake the unmistakable fact that throughout the current console generation, Rockstar have only released (technically) 1 new game.
There's been remasters, VR versions of past releases and a slew of GTA Online content. But if you count GTA 5 as a PS3 and Xbox 360 release, the only game released on current consoles is Red Dead Redemption 2.
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Of course, there is another, arguably more straightforward possibility, something we've also mentioned once before.
It's conceivable that Rockstar India could be staffing up to essentially take control of existing games and live services for GTA Online and Red Dead Online.
After all, even if GTA 6 was to release tomorrow, Rockstar wouldn't drop all support and updates for these widely successful releases.
So perhaps Rockstar India are preparing to take the lead on maintaining these live games whilst Rockstar's longer serving studios, such as Rockstar Lincoln and Rockstar North (Edinburgh) focussing on more pressing and important releases.
Such as, oh we don't know. A brand new Grand Theft Auto game for PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. Only time will tell.
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