Take-Two Interactive may be considering resurrecting the Midnight Club franchise with WWE and NBA developers taking over the project.
Take-Two Interactive looks to have put its WWE and NBA game developer Visual Concepts at the helm of an unannounced open-world racing game project in the making, which will be the a new game piece in a pre-existing IP. The latest information comes from Take-Two’s job posting and it’s entirely possible that they are hinting at the return of the Midnight Club series.
Midnight Club titles have previously been developed by Rockstar Games, but it is not impossible for Take-Two to transfer the Midnight Club IP to another developer under the company’s umbrella. Especially since Rockstar recently confirmed that Grand Theft Auto 6 is in development, meaning the studio will be very busy and difficult to manage more projects.
GTA games were originally big productions that required all members to participate, and now that Grand Theft Auto 6 has been officially announced, it’s clear that Rockstar is now focused on that project. However, the fact that Visual Concepts is working on a “main” racing game from the company, suggests that Rockstar’s old Midnight Club racing IP may be resurrected at some point. This is an optimistic prospect for Midnight Club fans because the series has long since been discontinued.
Unlike some of the other gaming franchises that Rockstar has abandoned over the years, Midnight Club may still have a future ahead of it, if this is indeed the IP the job post refers to. Take-Two doesn’t currently have any racing games on the market, and while Grand Theft Auto has a standout feature for street racing, it’s no match for titles like Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon. Need for Speed.
According to a job posting on LinkedIn, Visual Concepts is looking for a number of veteran game developers to help develop its new open-world racing game. Positions include Producer, Senior Technical Painter, Senior Civil and Automation Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, and another Senior Software Engineer specializing in multiplayer features. This job posting combined with Take-Two’s recent financial report shows that most of the project is in pre-production.
While it’s entirely possible that Visual Concepts is working on a Midnight Club game, this is still unconfirmed information. The studio is also concurrently working on its next WWE title, so it’s likely that the new open-world driving game is a long-term project by Take-Two and won’t be revealed any time soon.
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