Here’s something that’s pretty interesting: PopCap, developer of such casual gaming hits as Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle, might be working on a triple-A console title based on DICE’s Frostbite 2.0 engine. Yes, that’s the same Frostbite 2.0 that Battlefield 3 is built on. That’s what a new job posting from Electronic Arts suggests anyway, which was discovered by Twitter user superannuation, a person known throughout the games industry for his talent of digging up job ads that give away a surprising amount of information.
Specifically, PopCap is seeking a “an experienced generalist SE to build a AAA console title,” which is interesting to say the least. “This generalist will work on a broad range of game systems including, but not limited to: animation, audio, resource management, pipelines and visual effects,” the listing continues. “The ideal candidate will also have experience working with the Frostbite 2 engine.” If this job listing is to be believed – and really there doesn’t seem to a be a reason why it shouldn’t be – then it appears PopCap is ready to step out of the casual space and into the realm of console games.
If you want the job, however, you better be prepared – PopCap requires that you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or the equivalent job experience, along with 5 years of experience with C++. The studio would also like it if you have experience making games for the PS3 or Xbox 360 and have shipped one major title, though those are merely listed as “recommended requirements.” If you get the job, perhaps you’d like to let us in on what PopCap is plotting?
Needless to say, we’re pretty excited to see what PopCap has in store for consoles. PopCap’s casual games have addicted millions of people all around the world, so if it can make a triple-A console title that’s as engaging as its casual games, then we’re all in for a treat. Stay tuned, as we’ll update you when we hear more.