Insomniac Games has largely focused on single-player titles over the last few years, producing big hits Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Marvel's Spider-Man for the PlayStation. But it seems the studio has plans to work on a multiplayer project - although exactly what this could be is anyone's guess.
A job advert posted by Insomniac on Twitter mentions the developer has "five new job openings for a multiplayer project". Insomniac is looking for a creative director, systems designer, story lead, art director and VFX artist.
That doesn't give much away, but the systems designer job description does mention having a "thorough understanding of melee combat systems, enemy design and boss design" would be useful experience. The designer would help develop "combat, navigation, progression, and economy" for a multiplayer environment. Make of that what you will.
Insomniac is hiring! We have five new job openings for a multiplayer project. Come join us and be part of the #PlayStationStudiosFamily as we work on exciting things!— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 24, 2021
Apply today: https://t.co/WpJzOR39tK pic.twitter.com/eBJzEEtCsR
Naturally, this has provoked a fair bit of speculation on social media - could this be a standalone game, or a multiplayer mode for a predominantly single-player game? Some are hoping for a revival of sci-fi shooter Resistance, while others think it could be co-op for a future Spider-Man title. Given Insomniac has just released Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, it could be quite some time before we hear the actual answer.
In the office, at least, this has all provoked a debate over the plural form of Spider-Man. Is it Spider-Mans? Or Spider-Men? Please help.