Developer Certain Affinity is hiring “experienced Xbox developers” for a Monster Hunter clone that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s platform. This comes in light of previous reports by VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb that claimed the studio is working on a new IP to rival Capcom’s monster-slaying franchise.
As spotted by Twitter user Klobrille, Certain Affinity is looking for a Senior Graphics Engineer that has “shipped multiple AAA games” and has experience working with Xbox. It was reported back in January that the studio, working under Microsoft, aims to differentiate the Xbox Game Pass lineup.
In the previous report, Grubb provided a bit more information on the upcoming game:
“They’re working with Certain Affinity on what seems like a Monster Hunter style game – a Monster Hunter clone. They see this gameplay style succeeding, and Microsoft’s like, ‘hey, we should try to make one of those, is anyone out there going to pitch one?’
They want more variety in the kinds of games they’re putting on Game Pass and this is an example of that.
They’re like, ‘we probably can’t get Monster Hunter on Game Pass – that would be pretty expensive – but we definitely want a game like that, because we see the potential for that to grow and be a big thing with long-term support.”
It’s believed that Capcom is currently working on the next AAA Monster Hunter game, which will be a follow-up to 2018’s Monster Hunter World and available on multiple platforms including PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
Last year, Certain Affinity signed an agreement with Microsoft to lead the development of an original IP, which we now know might be the Monster Hunter-like title. They also provided a statement:
“Are we excited to take on a genre and style of game that we’ve always loved? Thrilled beyond words! Are we honored to be bringing this game to market? Indescribably so! Are there any other tantalizing details regarding this new venture? More than we can say!”
Certain Affinity mainly acted as a support studio on several Xbox titles, including working alongside 343 Industries on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and more. They also helped Valve port Left 4 Dead to Xbox 360.
Source: Video Games Chronicle