A major Microsoft franchise is heading to Windows 8, according to a new Microsoft Studios job listing posted today.
The listing in question, for a software development engineer, seeks someone who can help “build a new title based on a beloved franchise for Windows 8.”
The specificity of the post’s wording makes it almost certain that the game in question is not something that’s already been announced, nor is it a port of a console title. That would seemingly rule out any mainline Halo games (including the upcoming Xbox One iteration) as well as Fable Legends, Forza 5, and, sadly, Zoo Tycoon.
Now, that doesn’t mean that this mystery project isn’t be a spin-off of one of those franchises. Indeed, the use of the term “beloved,” combined with the relative success of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, makes an offshoot of a popular Xbox brand likely. Also possible, however, is the resurrection of one of the popular PC-friendly IPs in Microsoft’s catalogue, such as Age of Empires, Black & White, or Microsoft Flight Simulator.
In November, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Shacknews that he was overseeing “more individual [first-party] projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years.” This new title may be a part of that initiative to increase support for the PC as a gaming platform, something that seemed doubtful after news broke that the Games for Windows Live service would be shutting down.