A job listing on the Bethesda Game Studios careers site gives an interesting bit of insight into one of the developer’s upcoming titles — which appears to be a free-to-play game of some variety.
The listing for “Game Performance Manager” at the developer’s Montreal studio has the following description front and center:
“Bethesda Game Studios is looking for a great Game Performance Manager based in Montreal, to join the team that is pushing the bleeding-edge AAA freemium game development. In this role, you will work with game team to envision, evolve, and operate monetization strategies, targeting the intersection of revenue generation goals and quality player experience.”
It’s not as if Bethesda/ZeniMax is totally new to free-to-play gaming, with Fallout Shelter and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, as well as the sort-of free-to-play Quake Champions already in its library of games (not to mention the ill-fated BattleCry). And the company certainly knows how to monetize an online game, if The Elder Scrolls Online is any indication.
Still, those games seem rather … limited in scope. Legends and Fallout Shelter aren’t bad, but they don’t scream “big name AAA title”; Quake Champions is closer but still seems niche. “Bleeding-edge AAA freemium game” would seem to mean something bigger, at least to me.
And while I really doubt this has anything to do with the next Elder Scrolls title — which would probably be developed in its Bethesda location, not Montreal — until Beth/Zeni says something firm about the game, the speculation will be there. The developer will have a presence at next week’s E3, so it’s possible we’ll learn more very soon.