But now a handful of other Microsoft ads featuring talk of the next-gen Xbox have been uncovered by GamerZines, revealing that Microsoft Game Studios is hiring for work on a ‘next-generation project’.
One job ad for a Senior Network Programmer refers to the next-generation Xbox as ‘Platform Next’.
“Are you interested in shipping innovative games that will change the way people play?” reads the ad.
“If so, we want you to join our team to work on a next-generation project, built from the ground up in Microsoft Game Studios.
“We have a very strong team of game industry experts tackling the challenges of creating innovative social games which use software and hardware technologies in new ways.”
Another job ad, this time for a Senior Software Development Engineer, explains that the role of Microsoft Game Studios is to “partner with the best developers in the world to create the next great core franchises for this generation and future generations of Xbox.”
In total, there are seven job ads featured on Gamasutra stating that Microsoft Game Studios is working on a next-generation project. All seven of them were listed earlier in the week on Wednesday, 14th March.
Rumours of the next-generation Xbox have run rife over the last few months, with many game development studios, including Bethesda Game Studios, Infinity Ward, LucasArts and Rockstar expected to be working on projects for next-generation consoles.
Last month, a tweet from from a Crytek developer suggested that Microsoft had held a meeting in London to discuss its next-gen plans with developers. The tweet has since been deleted.
Contrary to rumours, however, Microsoft confirmed last night that it would not be revealing a new console at E3 later in the year.
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