Looks like the Halo development team at 343 Industries is quite serious about implementing ground breaking cloud-powered features in the upcoming games of the franchise, as mentioned in a career opportunity ad seeking a Software Development Engineer in Test published today by Microsoft.
The Halo Game Services team is working on building the next generation of backend services to power the Halo Universe. We are looking for a driven Software Development Engineer in Test with a strong background in testing services. If you are passionate about the technical challenges of testing large scale, real-time services, and you’re looking to join a group of engineers who are pushing the envelope to reinvent the future of entertainment powered by cloud services, then this might be the job for you.
As part of this position, you will own the planning, implementation, and execution of feature areas while collaborating with developer, PM, and producer counterparts across multiple teams within 343 Industries. Your background should include experience testing multiplayer matchmaking, server based applications, cloud services, and consumer experiences. Our team is focused on continuous improvement and fast iteration cycles. The ability to work in a quickly changing environment will be a key to success.
If you want to be on the forefront of gaming as a service then this is the team for you. The team is currently working on some new and exciting features and we need your help. Come help us reshape gaming!
Looks like 343 industries plans to go full steam ahead with the “power of the cloud” and they have some interesting new features in the works. Another intriguing element is the mention of “gaming as a service.” The definition is normally used in two contexts. One is streaming games or parts of them directly to your console from the cloud like PlayStation Now will do. The other indicates monetization of services offered within a game with subscriptions or similar initiatives.
We’ll have to wait and see what this will entail exactly for the Halo franchise, but my curiosity is certainly piqued.