Hasbro’s gaming division, Wizards of the Coast, has just created a new studio. As Hisstank spotted, their new Raleigh-Durham studio is currently recruiting for a number of positions, all of which will develop a AAA game “located in the GI JOE Universe.”
Details on the GI Joe game are a bit thin on the ground. All of the ads describe the title as a “cross-platform action-adventure video game” and say they will reinvent “a beloved Hasbro IP”. Some of them also describe it as a third person game and require experience with Unreal Engine. Finally, the Lead Game Designer roster describes how the ideal candidate would create “3rd person melee combat and crossing systems”. The last GI Joe the game to be released was GI Joe: Operation Blackout, which was a team-based third-person shooter released in October of last year, and the few clues we’ve already got suggest it will be quite different.
The Wizards of the Coast studio in Raleigh-Durham is a brand new developer “led by industry veterans from WB Games and other AAA studios”. The GI Joe game will be the team’s first project. The studio is part of Hasbro’s intentions to produce digital games for some of their “eternal favorites,” including Transformers, GI Joe, Micronauts, and Ouija. Wizards of the Coast President Chris Cocks previously described how they want to “bring these brands to digital life and develop experiences that resonate with the lifestyle gamer in new, fresh and provocative ways.”
The last Transformers video games console, Transformers: Battlegrounds, was released by Coatsink and Outright Games in October 2020, although we’ve seen a lot less franchise since Activision’s publishing deal for Transformers the titles have expired. The only Micronauts game to be released was on the ZX Spectrum in 1988, and I’m not sure I even want to think about what a Ouija game might look like. For the record, Hasbro does indeed sell a Ouija game for 2-4 players ages 8 and up – they even sold one with a Strange things theme, although this was limited to ages 14 and up.
[Source: Wizards of the Coast via Hisstank]