Bethesda staffing up for next-gen project

Bethesda Game Studios, the team that brought you Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls games, is apparently hard at work on a project involving next-generation consoles, according to a a new job listing posted on the company’s website.

The position in question calls for “experienced programmers to work on cutting-edge technology for an unannounced game on future-generation consoles.” Interestingly, the listing says that experience with DirectX 11 is a plus, suggesting that next-gen hardware will at least be compatible with DirectX 11, if not DirectX 12, which has also yet to see an announcement.

That would fall in line with comments from Crytek’s Pete Hall to Eurogamer last year. Hall said:

“It’s going to depend a lot on when Sony and Microsoft decide is the right moment to announce and launch things,” Hall said, “but it does feel at the moment that the hardware we get in next generation consoles will be about the sort of level that DX11 is at – that’s where it currently looks like it’s going.”

Despite the fact that neither Microsoft nor Sony have announced their next-generation consoles–Nintendo announced theirs, the Wii U, back at E3 last year–there’s been no shortage of reports that developers have already gotten their hands on the yet-unannounced hardware; Infinity Ward, Treyarch and Naughty Dog all recently started hiring for next-gen projects.