The listings, which appear on Bandai Namco’s Japanese recruitment page, suggest that Nintendo has commissioned the company to give a modern upgrade to one of its older polygonal titles.
One of the listings, for a “3D action game designer”, states: “You will work as a planner and developer for a 3D action game project commissioned by Nintendo.”
A second listing for a “3D action game background artist” is described as a “visual artist position for a 3D action game project commissioned by Nintendo.”
However, a third listing then refers to a “3D action game background HD remaster” role, described as a “visual artist position for a 3D action game project commissioned by Nintendo,” specialising in “HD remastering of 3D backgrounds”.
Among the duties listed in this HD remaster role are the “remastering of deformed 3D backgrounds”, the “porting of existing 3D background data” and the “incorporation of data into in-house game engines”.
These duties suggest that the successful candidate will be responsible for handling 3D background assets that had already been created for a game released on a previous Nintendo system and remastering them for an upcoming Switch game.
Bandai Namco has enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo for some time now and has worked with the company on previous games involving its most popular IPs.
Bandai Namco also “produced approximately half of [the] visual assets for courses, characters and machine parts” in Mario Kart 8.
The company is also working on a remaster of two of its own games for the Switch. Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series will feature HD remasters of both the original Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and its sequel Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil in one package.