343 Industries has been on a hiring spree lately, with six career opportunities advertised in less than a month for the Halo Franchise, and some include interesting elements that give us a glimpse on the future of the series.
An ad looking for a Producer mentions that “343 is exploring future episodic storytelling endeavors in the Halo universe.” Another ad for a Software Development Engineer talks about the development of a new CMS (Content Management System) platform “that will deliver Halo content to our various platforms”. The ad requires “experience with app development across any combination of Xbox console, Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone.”
Another request for a Software Development Engineer includes “The team also takes advantage of the best solutions available with cloud services running on Azure and integration of multiple new technologies including Orleans and Hadoop on Azure.” This could actually be related to a fourth ad for a Character/AI Designer, that will “build awesome enemy characters and encounters.”
Could it be that one or more of the upcoming Halo games will include cloud-powered AI similar to what we’ll soon experience with Forza Motorsport 5’s Drivatar system? At the moment we can only speculate, but the thought is definitely interesting.