Lionhead recruiting points to next-gen hardware

By Brenna Hillier
27 February 2012 22:23 GMT

More next-generation hardware rumours have been fired thanks to a job opening at the Microsoft-owned Lionhead Studios.

A job advertisement for a lead programmer at Lionhead makes mention of an unannounced title, but for once, it’s the details which are more interesting.

The position requires experience with “modern rendering engines (DX11)”, which according to Eurogamer rules out the Xbox 360, and suggests the studio has begun very early work on a new generation of hardware.

Other bits and pieces from the description add weight to the idea, including a reference to “large new engine systems”, which would be required when making the jump to a notably different platform, and future tech like “real-time global illumination and deferred rendering pipelines”.

Lionhead is one of Microsoft’s favoured studios when it come to new tech, having been chosen to work closely with Kinect prior to its reveal.

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