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‘Halo 5’ cloud computations, multiplayer matchmaking and more details hinted

'Halo 4'
'Halo 4'
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission

A new job listing has hinted at some potential development details regarding the tentatively-titled “Halo 5” video game for the Xbox One. According to a report from Softpedia on April 17, Microsoft is currently looking to add more software development engineers to 343 Industries. The development studio previously worked on “Halo 4” for the Xbox 360 and will be developing next mainline installment of the same series for the next-generation system as well.

The job listing revealed that the applicants will be joining a team from within 343 Industries that is going to work on the backend services of the series. The members are expected to focus on the cloud services. Microsoft has made cloud computations, which offload several local tasks such as artificial intelligence to servers, a big deal in the past. It appears that the publisher will be investing heavily in the technology for the foreseeable future. You can find a portion of the job description from the Microsoft Careers website below:

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.

In addition to cloud services, the software development engineers are also expected to provide some testing to the consumer experiences, multiplayer matchmaking and server-based applications. During Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2013, a representative from 343 Industries confirmed that “Halo 5” will be using dedicated servers for online multiplayer. The same title is also expected to take advantage of cloud computations, which should help free up some hardware resources for other tasks such as the targeted 60 frames per second clip.

The development progress for “Halo 5” is unknown as 343 Industries has kept quiet on their latest project. However, Phil Spencer of Microsoft did tease that news regarding the first-person shooting series should be announced at the upcoming E3 2014 event. Along with the fifth main installment, the company should be showcasing the rumored “Halo 2 Anniversary” remake for the Xbox One. You can find a screen from the previously released “Halo 4” from the official Facebook page for the franchise with the photo attached to the top of this article.