Is Remedy working on a brand new AAA title? This new job ad, recently posted on Remedy's official website, would suggest so.
Remedy Entertainment, the creator of Max Payne® and Alan Wake®, and one of the leading independent game studios in the world is now looking for a Gameplay/AI Programmer for a groundbreaking AAA console project.
We want your help in taking our artificial intelligence, character & enemy behavior to the next level. You will be working on the next iteration of Remedy’s in-house engine that was previously used in Alan Wake and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.
It's difficult to really garner any solid conclusions from the ad, but it's almost a relief to see that Remedy is working on something that is a little more fleshed out than DLC for Alan Wake.
I find the idea of a 'groundbreaking AAA console project' quite intriguing, particularly one that is centered around AI. The ad later states that Remedy is looking for "[e]xperience on AI algorithms related to, for example, path finding, obstacle avoidance, decision making, group cooperation or planning", which is fairly standard, but suggests that the game will, at the very least be played through with another co-operative AI player.
It could be a proper Alan Wake sequel, but our bet is that Remedy is working on some sort of new IP. The ad also asks its applicants to be familiar with 'Kynapse', which is a type of middleware often used in group shooters. That being said, it's also used in multiple fighters and RTS titles, so that puts us back to square one — knowing almost nothing!
That said, we're looking forward to hearing more about Remedy's latest project.