Next Halo to have Competitive Focus?

By: Rhys Weir | May 1st, 2014

In a recent job listing on the Microsoft Careers website, 343 Industries are looking to hire a new Senior Multiplayer Designer for an upcoming Halo title in the future.

343 Industries is looking for a dynamic and experienced creative contributor who has a passion to design the world’s greatest games. As a Senior Multiplayer Designer on the Halo team, you will be responsible for implementation and execution of features within the competitive multiplayer [PVP] experience. The 343 competitive multiplayer team designs, implements, and executes on the player-versus-player experience, including game modes, map feedback, moment-to-moment gameplay balancing, and cross-team collaboration.

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We are looking for an experienced designer to support and develop the Halo competitive multiplayer experience. Responsibilities include balancing and tuning existing competitive experiences, creating, developing, and delivering all new Halo MP game modes. As a member of the competitive multiplayer design team, you will help shape the future of the Halo franchise. Candidates should understand how to work effortlessly across the studio with various design, and development teams to make sure 343 Industries aligns to deliver on a quality AAA user experience.

With recent hires to 343 Industries such as lenoxcoolgamer, Eric “GH057ayame” Hewitt, Mason “Neighbor” Cobb and Sean “Dersky” Swidersky who all come from competitive backgrounds in the gaming community and this job listing, it is pretty clear that not only is 343 Industries taking competitive gaming seriously for the upcoming Halo title.

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The job listing also mention delivering brand new “Halo MP game modes”. While Halo 4 introduced new game modes such as Extraction and Dominion, it was severely lacking all around in game modes compared to previous titles, including popular ones missing such as Assault, Race and Headhunter.

Hopefully the person who is hired for this job can not only bring back these classic gamemodes, but improve on them and hopefully offer new and competitive gamemodes.

What are your thoughts on this? Any person you would like to see hired in particular, or do you just want to talk about what gametypes you want? Discuss it on our forums now!

Source: Microsoft Careers