Microsoft Hiring For Major ‘AAAA’ Xbox Game

Mar 20, 2012 by  

Microsoft Game Studios

What does “Triple-A” or “AAA” really mean? Well, it’s a turn-based strategy game based on the Axis & Allies board game. It also stands for the Australian Automobile Association and the highest level of minor league baseball. In video games, triple-A most often refers to the full retail games that come from major, successful franchises or even simpler, high profile releases.

There’s no hard definition and for some, a triple-A game may simply refer to a non-casual, non-downloadable console game but the point remains the same: triple-A is the biggest, perhaps even the “best.” Knowing that, Microsoft Game Studios is working on an “AAAA” game, quad-A if you will.

That’s right, Microsoft is looking to hire an Executive Producer – Core Publishing with veteran industry experience to work on a “AAAA” Xbox game, a first party title that requires lots of travel and communication between multiple developers. What that means is anyone’s guess but if they’re only beginning development on a new game and are intentionally throwing in a fourth “A” it’s possible that Microsoft is working towards bringing one of their core franchises to the next-gen consoles. There is however, no mention of next-gen or of an existing brand, so that’s just speculation on our part.

Microsoft Studios (Xbox) is looking for a dynamic and seasoned Executive Producer to lead and develop a world-class team who will own the creation and delivery of a AAAA experience that delivers on 1st party goals and, more importantly, creates a fun gaming experience for our audience. The EP will be responsible for identifying a great development partner who shares our passion and goals, mapping the product roadmap, all aspects of production, from initial concept development through retaining world-class production capacity to delivering high-quality games that are on time and on budget, and improving the viral performance of the games.

What’s clear is that the game is huge, expensive and by Microsoft, exclusively for the Xbox platform. So, whether or not rumors and denials about an Xbox 720 unveiling at E3 2012 are to be believed, we know the Xbox 360 successor has been in development for a while and it’s safe to assume that such hardware will release next year or the year after.

What franchise do you think it could be? Could Rare be bringing back one of their franchises (Perfect Dark!) with Microsoft? 343 Industries is in the final stretch of development on Halo 4 and Lionhead Studios is working away on Fable: The Journey, although there were job lists in February that hinted at Lionhead staffing up for next-gen development so perhaps this is related?

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Source: Microsoft

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  1. Yeah…finally a hopefully new First Party game. Xbox has been lacking in that department since its inception, and it’s only gotten worse. Especially for me, because I’m not a Gears fan, so Halo is the only one I have and that hasn’t been great since Halo 3

  2. It makes sense that it’s a title for the next gen Xbox. I just hope it’s something new and not a franchise that already exsist.

  3. Hopefully Conker or Jet Force Gemini. Two games that deserve some love

    • A new JFG would be pretty sweet. I think that one was probably a little ahead of its time.

  4. Oddworld: Abe’s Amazing Academic Adventure

  5. I bet it will be a shooter! Not that there is anything wrong with that if they can bring a new, fresh experience. I hope this will be like Gears of War in 2006, Gears is the reason I own an Xbox and I would like to see another game that makes people want to buy an Xbox just so they can play it.

  6. Besides Halo, Forza & PGR does Microsoft really have anything else worth mentioning?

    • Well before Sony got their hands on them, the first Mass Effect was Xbox Exclusive, Bioshock was exclusive, and even if you don’t like it, Gears of War is worth mentioning. Xbox also gets MW3 DLC a lot sooner than PlayStation 3, although PS3 gets BF3 DLC before Xbox. I don’t know how it happened, either Sony made a big fuss or offered a lot of money to BioWare and 2K for Mass Effect and Bioshock, but when they were Xbox exclusives Sony couldn’t hold a candle to Xbox, and I personally think that Sony should make deals to create their own exclusive games instead of buying out Microsoft exclusives.

      • I think emile was talking about first-party stuff, rusty. Microsoft Game Studios is the subject of this story; not just any old Xbox exclusive.

        And I think exclusivity deals usually end because the games’ publishers want to spread to additional consoles and make more money, not because the other console makers “make a big fuss.”

  7. Microsoft needs to make something new. GoW and Mass Effect are the only two series that I liked that were exclusive, but GoW 3 was horrible and Mass Effect isn’t exclusive anymore.

  8. Probs just a typo.

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