Defense Grid developer Hidden Path Entertainment is working on a mysterious new D&D game, although we'll likely have to wait a while before we see this new entry in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.
Hidden Path Entertainment is perhaps best known for the Defense Grid tower defense games, although it does have some experience in other genres with its contributions to Age of Empires 2 HD and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Now, a series of new job listings indicate that this seasoned game developer has a new project in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Additionally, the company's Project Narrative Director has commented on this new endeavor.
"The cat is finally out of the bag!" exclaimed Hidden Path Entertainment's Whitney "Strix" Beltrán on Twitter. "We are making a AAA, third-person, open-world fantasy RPG that will be taking place inside the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. That's right, friends, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS[.]"
The careers page on Hidden Path Entertainment's website notes that it's hiring a Graphics Programmer, Lead Graphics Programmer, Senior Technical Artist, and Writer. These listings describe "an open-world fantasy RPG that will take place in a major IP."
This new D&D game will be made in the Unreal Engine and the job listings also highlight "destruction," suggesting that there may be destructible environments used in the game in some fashion. Unfortunately, that's about all we can glean about Hidden Path Entertainment's next project — and it looks like we might be waiting a while before we even see the first hints of this new game.
When Will Hidden Path's New D&D Game Launch?
Hidden Path Entertainment's new D&D game is likely some time away. Some prototyping may have already taken place, but these new job listings are for some important roles in the company for this project.
The biggest tell is the fact that it's hiring a Writer to "create dialogue, characters, in-game text," and handle other related tasks. As one might expect, a role-playing game can have tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of lines of text. The Writer job listing also mentions that an applicant will need experience with "strong ensemble casts," "voiced dialogue writing skills," and "narrative branching skills."
The little bits of information revealed in these job listings show that this new D&D game might be a bigger production than one might expect from a developer that hasn't particularly focused on the genre. D&D games have been pretty great in recent years, so it will certainly be interesting to see how it will hold up against the competition.
What do you think Hidden Path Entertainment's new D&D game will be like? Which setting would you like to see explored in detail? Let us know in the comments below!