According to a post on LinkedIn, the Sydney-based developer Video Games Deluxe is working on a new “AAA Open World title in VR for Rockstar”.
Video Games Deluxe is made up of Team Bondi alumni, known for the celebrated neo-noir action adventure LA Noire, and is recruiting for various positions to bring this “breakthrough project” to life Brendan McNamara, director of LA Noire.
The 10-member team from Video Games Deluxe is behind LA Noire 2017: The VR files for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR, which contained a selection of the best boxes from the original, which were combined and converted for VR.
The post, posted on Video Games Deluxe’s official LinkedIn profile, reads:
After completing the critically well-received L.A. Noire: The V.R. We are now preparing for a new project, an AAA Open World title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 is our 7th year working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to take on this groundbreaking project.
There are a number of job vacancies in our studio in Sydney, including senior programmers, engine programmers, designers and animators. If you are interested in one of these positions or would like two to speak to someone working here on VGD, please contact us. “
Given that Deluxe wants to recruit video games for key roles such as senior programmers, engine programmers, designers, and animators, it feels like the project is still at a very early stage.
The post is fairly open to Rockstar Games, suggesting that the GTA developer is funding the project, which implies an ambitious project. Interestingly, it is not mentioned whether it is a new IP or a new game or a port of an existing Rockstar title.
If we put our speculative caps on, Video Games Deluxe’s VR open world project could be anything from Grand Theft Auto V or Red Dead Redemption 2 to a sequel to LA Noire. Nor can we stop Rockstar Games from looting its stacked catalog. Bully VR? Midnight Club: Los Angeles VR?
I wouldn’t get it behind Rockstar to quadruple the Grand Theft Auto V-Cash cow (or is it five times? I lost the count) and offer another permutation of the hugely popular open-world crime simulation. PS5 is already introduced with a number of next generation improvements.
How exactly Video Games Deluxe would summarize the extensive, complex open world of GTA V into a manageable experience is particularly unclear for such a small team. What is certain is that there will be no shortage of fans hungry for a GTA VR experience.
Based on the internal experience of Video Games Deluxe and the success of the original (including a PS4 and VR port), a sequel to L.A. Noire seems to be an equally good choice.
Whatever it is, it will surely rank alongside Half-Life: Alyx as the family tree title to sell VR headsets and get the technology out of the confines of its position as a niche interest within the game. When it comes to killer apps, VR could do much worse than a rock star game.