Quad damage: Microsoft recruiting for “AAAA” dev

Sunday, 18th March 2012 23:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Either someone in human resources department is out of touch with gaming jargon, or Microsoft is about to try and up ante.

In a new job ad for an executive producer, as spotted by Gamefront, Microsoft uses the term “AAAA” three times – which seems a little overboard for a typo – suggesting the company wants to do one better than the “AAA” which describes top-tier development.

“Microsoft Studios (Xbox) is looking for a dynamic and seasoned Executive Producer to lead and develop a world-class team who will own the creation and delivery of a AAAA experience that delivers on 1st party goals and, more importantly, creates a fun gaming experience for our audience,” according to the ad.

The position is described as having profit and loss responsibility for “a major Xbox AAAA console title” and for delivering “the end-to-end AAAA title experience”.

The new role is located in Redmond, presumably attached to the Microsoft Studios headquarters there; a number of roles opened in this division just over a week ago.

Interestingly, the ad repeatedly mentions Xbox but not Xbox 360; Microsoft is heavily rumoured to have a new Xbox platform in the works.

Microsoft Studios, better known by previous name Microsoft Game Studios, is the platform holder’s games production division, overseeing first and third-party development. 343 Industries, Lionhead and Rare all fall under its banner (as did several other studios like Bungie which have since left the fold), but it also hosts several production groups whose games are released under the umbrella term of Microsoft Studios.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    This is kinda….old news…as in i think it was early next week :)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DuckOfDestiny

    Wow, what the fuck could AAAA mean!?

    I hope it means the game will give free blowjobs and cookies.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I knew this sort of thing was coming up when they hired Phil Harrison.

    I bet it’s gonna have “4D graphics” and “120 fps”.

    It has begun.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. FeaturePreacher

    If we’ve learned anything from Devil May Cry, S comes after AAA, and the highest ranking that anything could get is SSS.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    @2, It means the ad was probably written by someone who knows fuck all about game development, but they know a lot of A’s is supposed to be code for big money and quality.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DuckOfDestiny

    @5 No, you’re wrong. Free blowjobs and cookies, it’s the future!

    #6 3 years ago

    The extra A is for AMAAAAZING.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    The extra A is for ASSSSSSHOLE .

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Joe Musashi



    #9 3 years ago
  10. mojo

    Associated Actors and Artistes of America?
    American Association of Advertising Agencies?
    All Austrian Airguitar Association?
    Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association?

    guess the best would be the air guitar game with kinect.


    #10 3 years ago

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