Rockstar Games reportedly working on a "AAA open world" VR title

Luke Hardwick

1 year, 10 months ago

GTA V Concept Art

Rockstar Games, the small, basically unknown studio behind franchises such as Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne, is apparently working on an unannounced open-world VR title. That is, if a recent job listing is to be taken at face value.

The job listing in question was posted on LinkedIn around two weeks ago, but was only recently identified and subsequently shared across GTAForums and ResetEra. In it, Sydney-based studio Video Games Deluxe - who previously worked on L.A.Noire: The V.R. Case Files - states that they are once again partnering with Rockstar to create "a AAA open world title in VR."

"2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to taking on this ground breaking project." The listing reads. "We have a number of job openings in our Sydney studio including Senior Programmers, Engine Programmer, Designer and Animator."

While the listing itself appears to be legit, there is currently no telling what project it's referring to.

Rockstar had previously announced that it would be bringing an upgraded version of GTA V to next-generation consoles sometime next year, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that they would enlist some help to develop a VR component for that. To add some credence to that theory, a popular mod already exists that brings VR to GTA V, so it would make sense that Rockstar might be interested in adding the feature in a more official capacity.

That said, it's purely speculative at this point. For all I know Rockstar could be working on a new VR Tennis, or maybe a new IP altogether.

In any case, I've reached out to Rockstar to see if they might shed some light on the situation. In the unlikely event that they respond and/or offer any details, I'll update this article.