Multiplayer online battle arena games – “MOBA” for short – are all the rage these days, and it looks like Dead Space developer Visceral Games is ready to get in on the action. IGN has discovered a series of Visceral job postings on the Gamasutra jobs board that all suggest the developer is looking to craft a free-to-play MOBA title. The game would presumably be released as part of EA’s Play4Free division, which means that it could launch on social platforms like Facebook.
The first job post in this round up calls for a Global Community Manager who has an “unhealthy passion for MOBA games,” while another is seeking a Game Character Designer who has “work experience on MOBA, Action RTS, Action RPG, or Related Genres.” Not enough evidence for you? Visceral didn’t stop there, also putting up a posting for a Lead Multiplayer Map Designer who is familiar not only with multiplayer gaming, but also with games in the action/shooter genre.
So, it seems that Visceral will soon ramp up production on a new MOBA shooter title. Electronic Arts has already hit the free-to-play scene hard, so it isn’t much of a surprise that it wants to put Visceral to work on a MOBA game. That’s especially true with all of the hype currently surrounding DOTA 2 and Blizzard All-Stars (which was formerly known as Blizzard DOTA).
Of course, we probably shouldn’t hope for this game to arrive soon, as Visceral’s first priority will be finishing up Dead Space 3, which isn’t due out until February 2013. That’s still about four months away, and Visceral may not want to get to work on this mysterious MOBA title until Dead Space 3 is finished. Then again, the studio could put these new hires to work straight away, so it might launch sooner than we’re expecting. In either case, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for more details, so keep checking back here with us at SlashGear for additional information.