Train2Game News: Microsoft hiring developer for next-gen Halo

Microsoft appears to be hiring for a next-gen addition to the Halo series. An advert on their careers website states that Halo 4 producers 343 Studios are looking for an experienced graphics developer.

“Microsoft Studios 343 Industries is looking for an experienced graphics developer to help create the current and next generation of game visuals in the Halo universe. Work on one of the most exciting and creative properties in the industry; Work with the incredible 343 team to help drive the future of Halo.” reads the job advert.

“We are looking for an experienced graphics developer to help us deliver cutting edge graphics technologies for AAA experiences. Candidates should understand and have experience with how to bring great graphics to life.”

While it’s entirely possible that Microsoft may have a nex-gen Xbox console in development, the company says there won’t be any reveal this year.

Microsoft studio 343 are currently working on Halo 4, so be sure to keep reading The Train2Game Blog for the latest news on its development.

Halo 4 isn’t the first title in the series from 343, who produced last year’s Halo: Anniversary, which you can find out about the development of in this Train2Game Blog interview with producers Dan Ayoub and Dennis Ries.

What are your thoughts on the possibility of a next-gen Halo?

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Train2Game news: Halo 4 developer diary takes you behind the scenes at 343

Train2Game students can get a first look at Halo 4 in a newly released developer diary from 343 Studios.

The video sees the team discussing how they’re going about developing the game, the first brand new Halo title since the series since creators Bungie stepped away from the Xbox exclusive FPS.

This Halo 4 behind the scenes diary also reveals how 343 studios are reworking the multiplayer modes, gives a sneak peek into improved graphics and shows how Halo 4 is incorporating motion capture technology.

Watch the Halo 4 developer diary below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

Last week, The Train2Game Blog reported how Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian is “a little nervous” about Microsoft being in full control of Halo 4.

However, Halo 4 isn’t the first title in the series from 343, who produced last year’s Halo: Anniversary, which you can find out about the development of which you can read more about in this Train2Game Blog interview  with producers Dan Ayoub and Dennis Ries.

Halo 4 is scheduled for release later this year.

So, what are your thoughts on the first look at Halo 4? Does anything in the developer diary interest you in particular?

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Train2Game news: Bungie co-founder “a little nervous” about Microsoft developing Halo 4

Train2Game Blog readers will probably be aware that Bungie, developers of Halo, have stepped away from shooter.

The series is now in the hands of Microsoft studio 343. They produced last year Halo Anniversary, which you can read more about in this Train2Game Blog interview producers Dan Ayoub and Producer Dennis Ries.

It’s 343 who’ll be developing Halo 4, but Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian – now working on mobile games – is confident with Microsoft, Halo 4 is in safe hands.

“It’s so crazy in an interesting way. I’ve been an observer for a while now. So much has gone on with the franchise. I will say the encouraging thing is that I know a lot of the folks at Microsoft working on it and they are great people,” he told GameSpot.

“I’m very hopeful that the team there is very fantastic. They are certainly treating it with a lot of care and respect. And applying the resources you’d like to see applied to a franchise like that. I’m hopeful that it will continue to bring the high production value and cool experiences it’s known for.”

However, Seropian added that even though he was “a little nervous” with what 343 could do with Halo 4, he’d be surprised if wasn’t a success.

“I don’t think I can be anything other than hopeful that it will be great. We’ll see. Halo is one of the crown jewels in the Microsoft gaming IP, if not the crown jewel, so you would expect nothing less than for them to take the time needed and apply the resources needed to make it great. I would be pretty surprised if they wiffed it.” he said.

“Maybe it will bring a fresh perspective, and that’s so hard because there’s so many fans that are used to a particular thing that bringing something new is often…it’s hard to bring something new to a franchise that’s so established. I’m looking forward to it.” the Halo creator concluded.

The full interview in-which the Bungie co-founder discusses his new mobile studio and much more can be read on GameSpot.

What are your thoughts on Halo being under the stewardship of a new developer? And what are your hopes for the series?

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Train2Game at Gamescom: Interview with Halo: Anniversary developers 343

 

Train2Game were at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 17th August to 21st August. While there, we spoke with 343 Executive Producer Dan Ayoub and Producer Dennis Ries about the upcoming and Halo: Anniversary.

In a wide ranging interview they discussed what elements of game design make Halo such a successful franchise, new features including 3D and classic mode, and offer Train2Game students advice on how to get into the games industry. 

Read the interview here on the Train2Game blog, then leave your comments here or on the Train2Game forum.