Gears of War: Black Tusk job postings reveal emotional character-driven story, multi-screen & more

By Dave Cook, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:56 GMT

Gears of War is now in the hands of new Microsoft outfit Black Tusk Studios, and the company is currently hiring for the franchise. Some potential new details have emerged from the team’s job adverts, suggesting the new shooter will be an emotional character-driven piece.


We covered the Gears of War IP sale between Epic Games and Microsoft yesterday. Hit the link for the full story.

Now, a handful of job postings have revealed some interesting nuggets regarding the new Xbox One shooter, chiefly this posting for a lead writer.

The post begins, “We are looking for a seasoned storyteller who can help us bring Microsoft’s next big IP to life. This individual will help us develop the characters, story arc, emotional tone, pacing, dialogue, and flavor of a story that will shape the spirit of this new franchise.”

Role responsibilities include, “Act as a champion of story, characters, and emotional engagement across the game and game team,” “Create a cast of distinctive, engaging, and imperfect characters that players love (or love to hate),” and ,”Define a compelling story that takes the player on a hero’s journey, with a keen eye to story structure and pacing.”

Unsurprisingly, it could be that Microsoft’ SmartGlass has some part to play in Gears of Wars Xbox One, according to this posting for a Senior Online Engineer.

It reads, “The Senior Online Engineer will be responsible for design and implementation of robust, secure, and scalable web services, and deployment processes to support customer-facing applications. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills and be able to work side by side with programmers, designers and production staff, and be passionate about owning a reliable high-traffic web application to support console and multi-screen end points.”

What do you make of the Gears of War news so far? What would you like to see from the Xbox One sequel? Let us know below.

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