Hardlight Studio is a British-based video game developer with an impressive resume. Owned by SEGA and part of 5 studios under Sega Europe, it has been a vital part of the development of various projects related to the gaming juggernaut, such as the Sonic the Hedgehog and Crazy Taxi series. However, the company has also worked on more unusual titles, such as the business simulation called Two Point Hospital. Recently, new details were uncovered revealing the next project for the developer.
In a job listing, it was revealed that SEGA-owned Hardlight Studio has started working on a new game. According to the job description, the developer is looking for a designer to work on a new platformer. The company is searching for a potential employee to work full-time, with the ideal candidate starting work as soon as possible. With this in mind, it appears that production on this new project looks to be ramping up.
Besides knowing that it is a platformer, the details surrounding the in-development title are fuzzy. However, the history of Hardlight Studio provides some clues as to what the project could be about. For example, many of the games released by the studio were developed for mobile platforms, meaning that there is a reasonable chance that this new platformer might be designed for smartphones.
In addition, there is a possibility that the project could be a Sonic the Hedgehog game. Over the years, the studio has worked on a number of different titles staring the blue blur, such as the vertical platformer Sonic Jump, the endless runner Sonic Dash, and the arcade racer Sonic Racing. Nevertheless, this is only speculation as the studio has yet to confirm these details regarding the game.
This isn’t the only news regarding SEGA. Besides this new platform game being developed by Hardlight Studios, new footage for Sonic Frontiers was unveiled a few weeks ago at The Game Awards. As the first 3D mainline game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series since Sonic Forces in 2017, SEGA looks to take the franchise in a new direction, teasing an open-world design. In addition, the recent trailer for the game revealed that it releases during the holiday season of 2022.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this new project being developed by Hardlight. Perhaps, the project will be a new Sonic the Hedgehog title, giving fans of the blue blur another reason to be excited about the future. Or maybe it will be something brand new for the studio and SEGA. It seems gamers will have to wait for more info about the project to be released.