Former VALORANT sport director Joe Ziegler, one of many first and most distinguished figures behind the profitable multiplayer shooter’s growth, has joined Future 2 developer Bungie as a sport director and will doubtlessly lead the event in Bungie’s subsequent aggressive shooter undertaking.
Ziegler is credited with arising with the thought of creating VALORANT whereas he and different designers had been theorizing different Riot titles, in keeping with an interview with Polygon again in 2020. Ziegler ultimately took on the sport director position for VALORANT till December 2022 and has now landed at Bungie.
With expertise as a sport director for one of the crucial well-liked multiplayer aggressive shooters in current reminiscence, Ziegler’s arrival at Bungie could possibly be a powerful indication that the aggressive PvP title the corporate has been incubating is shifting ahead with its growth cycle.
Over the previous couple of years, Bungie has created quite a few job listings on its website for brand new tasks, together with an “incubation multiplayer systems designer” who would deal with “aggressive multiplayer sport mechanics that present strategic depth and alternatives for counterplay,” which is about an apt description for a sport much like VALORANT as you might ask for. Different present listings (as of Dec. 19, 2022) for the roles of lead fight designer, stage designer, gameplay designer, financial system designer, and others may be for this undertaking.
Originally of 2022, Sony bought Bungie for $3.6 billion and introduced it on to its bold plan to launch more than 10 different live-service games between then and the top of 2025. One in all these potential titles is the supposed aggressive title from Bungie titled “Challenge Matter.”
Ziegler has not publicly commented on what he’s engaged on with Bungie as of but, however the wording of his announcement does lean towards the thought of him engaged on a brand new title that’s a great distance away from a possible launch, versus engaged on extra present Future 2 growth.