• Tomb Raider to include a new feature in the game. Possible multiplayer?

    Tomb Raider Global Brand Director Karl Stewart teases a new feature from the upcoming title Tomb Raider in the previous Crystal Habit podcast.

    In the podcast Karl Stewart says, "You’ll start to hear from a lot of people in the upcoming days, including Dan Bisson. Dan came in probably a little over a year ago or thereabouts from Montreal. He’s worked on a ton of games, from Assassin’s Creed to Rainbow Six. He’s working on one specific feature, which we’ll start talking about later on."

    Daniel Bisson aka Dan Bisson worked on UBISOFT Montreal and Electronic Arts Montreal. He was involved in Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 as well as in Army of Two: The 40th Day. Dan Bisson worked on the Multiplayer mode of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. That's why it could be very possible for a Multiplayer or co-op in Tomb Raider.

    Karl Stewart also says, "Dan’s from back in the days on Assassin’s Creed. He’s brought a wealth of experience, and he’s the type of person I want to be out there now, talking and making sure that he communicates a lot of the features and a lot of the systems that we haven’t gotten under the hood on."

    Here are the games Dan Bisson worked on, thanks to Mobygames:

    • Alex Builds His Farm (1999), Ubi Soft Entertainment, Inc.
    • Hype: The Time Quest (1999), Ubi Soft Entertainment, Inc.
    • Laura's Happy Adventures (1999), Ubi Soft Entertainment, Inc.
    • Assassin's Creed (2007), Ubisoft, Inc.
    • Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition) (2008), Ubisoft Entertainment SA
    • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (2008), Ubisoft, Inc.
    • Naruto: The Broken Bond (2008), Ubisoft, Inc.
    • Army of Two: The 40th Day (2010), Electronic Arts, Inc.

    Karl Stewart himself worked on many games including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Infernal, Just Cause as well as last three Tomb Raider and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

    On December, 2010 around the time the game was first unveiled, a job posting on Gamasutra spotted that Crystal Dynamics is looking for Game Designer Multi-Player and Producer Multi-Player.

    The job image spotted on Gamasutra as:

    The listings also asked about the job details for both spot.

    The job 1 (source):

    Sr Game Designer Multi Player

    Game Designer Multi-Player


    · Responsible for the overall multi player design vision for the game
    · Responsible for being a liaison to our partner studio in Montreal
    · Act as producer for levels you design, as well as other parts of the game, collaborating across disciplines to get work done and clear dependencies, ensuring deadlines are met, and championing aspects of the game play
    · Work directly with artists, programmers, animators and other game designers to contribute to the vision of the game
    · Responsible for all aspects of multi-player game design including co-op, player vs. player, and creation of maps and environments

    Requirements & Skills

    · Experience designing multi-player levels for console games
    · Minimum 5 years of game design experience with at least 2-3 in multi-player
    · Strong methodology and problem solving ability and with a focus on creative, fun and innovative solutions
    · Excellent communication skills and problem solving
    · Strong experience with both system and level design
    · Exceptional team player with the ability to collaborate with other team members in design, art, animation and programming
    · Willingness to take design direction when offered
    · Understands the competitive landscape of the action adventure genre
    · Very good working knowledge of Maya
    · Experience of developing third-person action games
    · A passion for video games and an avid gamer
    · Ability to travel up to 50%

    And the job 2 (source):

    Producer Multi Player

    Producer Multi-Player

    Crystal Dynamics is looking for a talented, enthusiastic, and highly organized individual with demonstrable project management experience to take on a major production role in the multi-player part of an upcoming action adventure title. For this role, we are looking for an individual with outstanding communication skills and a proven track record in production, having successfully produced or managed a team designing multi-player parts of an AAA title.

    This Producer will work in support of the Executive Producer to coordinate, track, and guide activities of the multi-player staff to ensure that projects are completed on time and with high quality. Exposure to formal project management techniques in an internal development environment is a must as well as knowing how to lead a team toward milestone achievements..


    •Works with Executive Producer and leads in each discipline to determine resources necessary to see projects through to completion.
    •Coordinates tracks and manages the activities of the team to ensure that project tasks are completed on time.
    •Provides motivation and direction to ensure that project goals, objectives, milestones and deliverables are achieved.
    •Contributes to a positive work environment.
    •Help provide leadership and vision for the multi-player side of the title, working with the Executive Producer, Sr producers, and Creative Director.
    •Other duties as assigned.


    •Experience producing the multi-player parts of a AAA title including creation of maps, player vs. player, and co-op.
    •Ability to communicate effectively and mediate between programming, art, animation and design personnel.
    •Internal and External development experience
    •Experience managing teams and delivering products on time.
    •Knowledge of software development process and project management.
    •Proven experience managing schedules and design requirements to implement multi-player features.
    •Aggressiveness in finding new ways to problem-solve and work with resolutions.
    •Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative.
    •Ability to travel up to 50%
    •Strong Knowledge of Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, & PowerPoint
    •A passion for video games and an understanding of the competitive landscape
    Earlier this year when Crystal Dynamics launced a revamped new website for Tomb Raider, an icon of Multi-player spotted on the site. The icon was taken off instantly but here it is:

    Tomb Raider is scheduled for a March 5, 2013 release on PC, PS3 and XBOX 360. You can hear the latest Crystal Habit Podcast here.
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