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‘Halo 5’ online elements possibly hinted with job listing

'Halo 5' announcement
'Halo 5' announcement
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission

A job listing from Microsoft’s Games Test Organization may be hinting at some of the online elements in the tentatively-titled Xbox One exclusive video game, “Halo 5.” According to a report from Gameranx on April 11, the company is currently looking for a software development engineer to add to the testing department. The individual will have to report to the office located in Redmond if he or she gets hired.

The job description mentioned that the Games Test Organization is currently collaborating with 343 Industries, the development team responsible for “Halo 5.” The job applicants need major experience when it comes to online services and technologies, suggesting that the sequel may feature some kind of web features for the Xbox One, computer and mobile platforms. Once employed, they are expected to create automatic testing solutions. You can find the first paragraph of the job listing from the Microsoft Careers page below:

The Games Test Organization (GTO) is working with 343 Industries on creating new and innovative companion experiences for the Halo Universe. We are creating a best in class experience for fans to dive deeper into the Halo games, story, products, and community across the web, Xbox One, and mobile platforms. We are seeking a self-motivated SDET with significant experience in web technologies and services. If you are excited about creating smart automated testing solutions and working on an entertainment product that has a large, rabid fan base, then this may be the role for you.

“Halo 5” was announced last summer by Bonnie Ross, the general manager at 343 Industries. A computer-generated trailer was shown for the first-person shooter, featuring Master Chief wondering through a desert before being confronted by a giant mechanical creature. The studio stated that the video game is going to target a clip of 60 frames per second along with offloading the a few computations to the Azure cloud servers. You can find a photo of the announcement at the E3 2013 press conference from the official Xbox Facebook page with the image attached to the top of this article.

Microsoft is expected to announce more details on the software product at E3 2014 in June. “Halo 2 Anniversary” is also heavily rumored for the event. The remastered port, which may come with an invite for the “Halo 5” multiplayer beta, is speculated to come out later this year for the Xbox One. Recent reports also suggested that the fifth numbered installment won’t be coming out until next year.