Weta Workshop has got its hands on something big, but it remains to be seen what exactly they’re creating.
Weta Workshop had a lot to do with the Lord of the Rings movies, as they were responsible for the props and effects. The company’s video games segment is working on a ‘big, international IP’. Their job vacancies include a producer position. The studio in Wellington means that the successful candidate will be heading to the other side of the world, as this city is New Zealand’s capital.
Here is the job listing: “We are currently looking for an exceptionally talented Game Producer to join our team in beautiful Wellington. The role will help us deliver our next PC and Console game project with a major worldwide IP close to our hearts. Reporting to our Managing Director and working closely with the Lead Game Designer, you will be experienced with Scrum frameworks and work in an Agile mindset. Get in on the ground of this exciting next phase here in the Interactive team at Wētā Workshop!” The consoles presumably mean the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series.
But if that only were the story, the subject matter might not be so remarkable, so here comes the usual twist. Weta Workshop even wrote on Facebook that the unknown project is based on an “incredibly rich and inspiring license that will fill fans and players around the world with delight”. There are no more details, so it is perhaps fair to assume that the game is still in its infancy and that the end of the symbolic tunnel of development is not yet in sight.
Weta recently made the news because Unity acquired the Weta Digital studio. Peter Jackson’s visual effects team has worked on almost every major project from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to Avatar, Planet of the Apes and Suicide Squad. Unity has paid a massive $1.65 billion for the company. Weta Digital’s ground-breaking tools are now available to Unity developers, allowing them to bring movie-quality visuals and effects to their games.