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Microsoft "AAAA" Job Posting Could Be For Xbox 720 Launch Title

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by Jon Martindale, 15 Mar 2012News

A Microsoft job posting that repeatedly references a "AAAA" title gives clues about next-generation development within the company's own gaming divisions.

The job post has been up on Microsoft's careers page for a few days now and begins by suggesting if you have a strong business acumen along with game development experience, you could be just what the giant corporation is looking for.

The official title of the position looking to be filled is "Software Engineering: Program Management" but that's not the interesting part of this. What is, however, is the fact that Microsoft seems to have eschewed the traditional triple A moniker of a blockbuster title and used its own quad A "AAAA" to describe whatever game the future employee would be working on.

It could be considered a typo, but it's referenced three times throughout the post.

It says that if hired, you'd be part of the team from the concept, right through to release and ongoing revenue streams, so it seems likely that there hasn't been much development as of yet.  I've already speculated on an end of 2013 release date for the Xbox 720 Durango console, so any title beginning development around now would have 18 months to get it to completion if it was to be used as a launch game - not an insurmountable task when you have Microsoft Xbox money behind you.

Microsoft has a history of launching several of its own published titles with the release of a new console. With the original Xbox it had Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding, the original Project Gotham Racing and of course, Halo: Combat Evolved. With the Xbox 360 it had Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark: Zero and Project Gotham Racing 3.

It seems likely that it will do the same for the Xbox 720 and that this job posting could be to work on just such a "AAAA" game.

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