Warner Bros. Games to have 'heavy focus' on live service titles

A Warner Bros. Games job listing indicates a strong emphasis on live survice games in the future.


Warner Bros. Games made a big splash last year during DC FanDome when it revealed Gotham Knights, the next chapter in the Arkham universe. The studio has been fairly quiet since then, but we’ve now got clues as to what could be coming down the road. A job listing on Warner Bros. website states that the studio will have a “heavy focus” on live service games in the future.

Originally spotted by Twitter user @MauroNL3, a job listing for an MBA Intern was recently posted to the company’s website. Underneath all of the expected language in your average job posting, is a statement that may shed light on WB Games’ future plans. “WBIE is currently involved in a variety of new projects, ranging from casual games to core games featuring our well-known franchises on all platforms (console, digital, mobile) with a heavy focus on live service.”

Now, we already had an idea that Warner Bros. Games would be dipping its toes into the live service field, as that seems to be the direction the recently announced Gotham Knights is heading. That said, the developer did state that Gotham Knights won't be a typical grindy game-as-service. With the gameplay showcased last year, it still looks like Gotham Knights will feature staples of a live service game. The language used in the job listing would imply more live service games to come down the road. This could mean more titles similar to Gotham Knights in the DC universe, or games based on other properties. With titles like Destiny 2, Warframe, and Rainbow Six Siege thriving off of the live service model, it comes as no surprise that more studios are looking to get an evergreen game of their own.

Of course, this news may be a bit concerning to those looking for a more traditional experience in their AAA games. Last year, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix rolled out Marvel’s Avengers, and while the game’s campaign was heralded for its original story, the game was heavily criticized for its live-service components.

No future projects have been announced by Warner Bros. Games outside of Gotham Knights, so time will tell if the studio does indeed plan to focus on more live service titles. For more on WB Games, stay right here on Shacknews.

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    January 26, 2021 9:25 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Warner Bros. Games to have 'heavy focus' on live service titles

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      January 26, 2021 9:27 AM

      I never thought they'd beat "free to play" for words to make me lose interest in their games ASAP, but they're really putting in the effort.

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        January 26, 2021 11:39 AM

        Yeah. "live service" and "game as service" have really become negative buzzwords to instantly turn people off of your game.

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          January 26, 2021 12:02 PM

          works for me, reality is I dont have time to enjoy a "service" game, not really anyway. So I just collect icons and maybe play 1 out of the 10. Im still wasting money, but its spread around.

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      January 26, 2021 3:43 PM

      Yeah. "Subscription" is a word we are familiar with so they are trying to reset our understanding. Cable/Broadcasting Cos are still trying to force us into a la carte IN ADDITION to Subscriptions and I'm pretty sure they are drowning from it.

      Good luck. I'll check in periodically on how mad your fans are, WB.

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