Microsoft Are Hiring For Key Xbox Game Studios Positions

By Heidi Nicholas,
Xbox Game Studios Jobs

"There’s never been a better time to join Team Xbox," reads the listing for a PR Manager for Xbox Game Studios. "Gaming is a major growth area for Microsoft as we realize our vision to empower every gamer to play the games they want, with the people they want, wherever they are. To fuel growth, unannounced titles, as well as the next chapters of iconic franchises like Halo, Forza, Gears, are in development from 15 Xbox Game Studios. And “Project Scarlett”—the next-generation Xbox console—and game-streaming with Project xCloud are on the horizon." This focus on unannounced titles and Project Scarlett suggests Microsoft are gathering strength for a big push for Game Studios next year, ahead of the release of the next-gen console.

Microsoft's professions page has several listings. There's a Director for Xbox Content Portfolio to lead teams responsible for PR of Xbox Game Studios, a Global Brand Manager for consoles, accessories, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Experiences, and a Product Marketing Manager to help with global marketing strategies. With each role, there seems to be a push for high-profile marketing strategies and an overall goal of guiding attention towards Xbox Game Studios, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.

There's a big change coming for Xbox and PlayStation alike. 2019 doesn't signal just the end of a decade, but the beginning of the end for this generation of consoles. Project Scarlett and the PS5 launch at the end of 2020, and these job openings at Xbox would make sense if the intention was to ramp up publicity for the titles launching from Xbox Game Studios ahead of and after Project Scarlett's release. Especially when considering that the PS4 has now been named the second best-selling console ever, it seems Xbox are planning to head into 2020 with guns blazing and fresh determination for their next-gen console.

Job openings at Xbox Game Studios also hint that there's some big projects in the works. Playground Games have been recruiting massively in recent months, and the job opportunities continue. There are places for both their Forza Horizon team, and their unannounced, AAA RPG project. With over 25 places open for their Horizon team, all signs point at Forza Horizon 5. Meanwhile, despite the wave of recent hirings for their RPG team, there are still 40 jobs open for the AAA project, widely rumoured to be Fable 4. Such heavy waves of recruiting and hiring would seem to fit an AAA project of that calibre.

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The Initiative are hiring for several positions, including a Senior Level Designer "to craft genre defining AAA gameplay experiences". Obsidian, the studio behind The Outer Worlds, are looking for a Character Animator to create content for "a high profile role-playing game". Meanwhile, inXile Entertainment are also hiring. They're hiring for a number of jobs, including Lead Software Engineer, Lead Environment Artist, and Lead Designer, but the interesting thing is that they're for "an exciting unannounced RPG project" or a "next-generation role-playing game". The Lead Software Engineer position is looking for someone to "guide the technical development of a next-generation, multi-platform, single-player RPG with action elements". The range of positions open in different Xbox Game Studios and the games they're open for do seem to imply that Xbox may have several titles up their sleeve for next year, and next-generation. It looks as though we can expect some big announcements from next year onwards, and a greater focus on Xbox Game Studios.

What titles do you think we'll be seeing? Will we be hearing about Fable 4 any time soon? Let us know in the comments!

Image : Microsoft Building 83, Redmond, WA

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!