inXile Entertainment is well known for its role-playing games (RPG’s) such as The Bard’s Tale IV, Wasteland 2 and virtual reality (VR) title The Mage’s Tale. The studio currently has a number of projects in the works, with an unannounced VR experience being one of them. A job posting this week now points to the videogame having a multiplayer aspect.
The studio has been working on this unannounced VR videogame for at least a couple of years, revealing back in 2017 as part of a successful $4.5 million USD funding round that an open-world survival RPG was being developed. The Mage’s Tale had only just launched for Oculus Rift at the time, most recently coming to PlayStation VR this year.
After that investment in 2017, inXile Entertainment then went on to be purchased by Microsoft under the Microsoft Studios banner. So you may think that this could indicate a VR title and therefore VR compatibility for the next Xbox – which is already being rumoured – but in all likelihood that’s probably not going to happen. At the time of Microsoft buying inXile Entertainment (and Obsidian Entertainment), it did state: “They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.” Whilst having: “the support and freedom to fully realize their creative ambitions.”
What the tweet and job listing does reveal is the multiplayer functionality of the title. It now sounds like the studio is developing an MMORPG with the job post saying: “The Senior UE4 Multiplayer Engineer will work closely with all departments to design and code core systems and gameplay features for multiplayer gameplay in a live service-based title.”
VR doesn’t have a lot of MMORPG’s at the moment, with OrbusVR: Reborn one of the best-known experiences in this field. There’s nothing else to go on at this time, but with a couple of years development already a teasing image or two at Gamescom next month wouldn’t go amiss.
To see the quality of inXile’s work check out The Mage’s Tale which VRFocus gave five-stars, saying: “If you’ve been looking for a decent fantasy RPG then you can’t go too far wrong with this.” VRFocus will continue its coverage of inXile Entertainment and its mysterious VR project, reporting back with any further updates or announcements.