Halo 4 is on it’s way to being a done deal for 343 Industries but it doesn’t hurt to look forward in the video game industry, right? 343 no doubt has the intention of making a new trilogy out of what they’ve created, so obviously there will be a Halo 5. What console will it be on though?
The obvious answer is next-gen as that will probably be a game at least 2 years off but you never know what Microsoft has planned. We do get a bit of confirmation today that 343 is looking at the next best thing via a job posting on Microsoft Careers:
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 802508
Product: Xbox Gaming
Division: Interactive Entertainment BusinessMicrosoft 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.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.ResponsibilitiesThe graphics team is responsible for the graphics engine and for supporting artists in creating their vision. This also includes creating systems and supporting material artists as they create shaders and materials with artistic flair. You will be expected come up to speed quickly with the current rendering and shading architecture, supporting current efforts and future investigations. You will be coding in C++ and in HLSL, and occasionally in CPU vector processor intrinsics. A key part of the role is working closely with artists and understanding, predicting, and creating the technologies required for them to create their cutting edge art.
Qualifications and Skills
Experience as a graphics developer for a current generation AAA console game
Excellent problem solving particularly with graphics issues
Solid understanding of performance, analysis, and optimization
Solid math skills (3d, linear algebra, trigonometry, etc.)
5+ years of professional C++ experience
Professional HLSL experience, Compute is a plus
DirectX graphics experience; Xbox 360 or DX11 experience is a plus
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