New Free-to-Play Online Game Being Built at Bethesda's Battlecry Studios
Recently, Bethesda Software announced the formation of a new studio in Austin, Texas, called Battlecry Studios. Former executive producer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rich Vogel, is running the studio and currently hiring staff, but luckily he should be able to pull in a lot of former BioWare Austin employees. What exactly Bethesda and Battlecry have in mind was not mentioned except for calling it an "unannounced project," but those job listings may provide some insight.
One position is for a "Monetization Designer" to "manage pricing of virtual goods and balance free vs. paid currency in the game economy," while another position, "Platform Lead," needs to help "build and manage the micro-transaction platform technology for our online game." The "Lead Designer" position is looking for someone with FPS and RPG experience, while other positions mention the same genres and PC and next generation consoles. All of those point to Battlecry Studios' first project as a free-to-play game, but that is pretty much all that can be pulled from the job listings. Could this be an F2P version of an established franchise (Fallout Online, maybe) or a brand new IP? We just have to wait and see, but the possibilities are endless.