In a recent job listing on Gamasutra, EA's Visceral Games studio put out a feeler
for "an experienced Environment Artist for an existing action/adventure franchise." We might normally excuse this as a job listing for the currently-in-development Dead Space 2
, but the listing further details the project as "a major opportunity to contribute to a bold new franchise, heavily backed by the EA Games Label ... the sequel to a major new IP at the award-winning Visceral Games."
The listing concludes with another vaguely suggestive line about creating a sequel that will "set new quality standards and make the franchise the world-leader in the action/melee-combat genre." Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are mentioned as target consoles. All these clues
add up to reasonable speculation that Visceral is recruiting for a sequel to this year's Dante's Inferno
In December, the first game's producer was all for the idea of a sequel
, but admitted that continuing to follow the path laid out by the The Divine Comedy
source material, which would lead to Purgatory and perhaps on into Heaven, might not make for a great game -- especially
in the action/melee-combat genre. Perhaps then, a Dante's Inferno
sequel could take a few liberties with the story.