Microsoft and Lionhead Working on New “Exciting and Ambitious” Cloud-Based Game, Possibly a MMORPG

on December 11, 2013 5:25 PM

Microsoft Game Studios just published a new career opportunity ad looking for a Senior Services Engineer for Lionhead Studios based in Guildford, UK.

What’s most interesting about the post is that it gives some juicy details about a new game Lionhead is working or will work on in the near future. Below you can see an excerpt of the text with the most interesting parts bolded.

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Lionhead Studios is seeking an experienced and passionate Senior Services Engineer to join us as a key contributor on an exciting and ambitious new title.

The ideal candidate is someone who has proven experience in designing and implementing services for highly concurrent and highly available social online game experiences, ideally in a cloud based environment.

The role will focus on helping to deliver a robust online service infrastructure and associated services, ensuring that all systems are secure, optimized and will scale to meet the needs of our current and future ambitions.

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Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential
– Experience of full development cycle for a complex service architecture
– C# programming and debugging skills utilising the latest .NET technologies
– RESTful service design and implementation in ASP .NET MVC4.0
– Cloud platform and data experience (Azure, Amazon EC2, etc.)
– Proactive, ambitious and enthusiastic
– Proven ability to lead and motivate others in a team environment
– Working in an Agile/SCRUM environment as part of a multidisciplinary team

Desirable
– Experience of Online/Multiplayer/MMO games
– Experience of SQL, NOSQL & Azure
– Experience of modern web programming languages such as Python, Ruby and Javascript
– Experience in monitoring tools and techniques on Microsoft platforms (such as SCOM)
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The details mentioned above definitely seem to describe some kind of massive online/social experience based on Microsoft’s cloud servers.

Could it be the long rumored¬†Fable MMORPG?¬†Of course no official announcement has been made so far, so this is just my personal speculation, but I can’t say it’s not intriguing.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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