Black Tusk Studios, formerly MS Vancouver (worked on MS flight), has just been set up.
Speaking toThe Vancouver Sun, former EA employee and current Black Tusk studio boss Michael Crump said the studio will focus on, big games, big teams and big budgets with long timelines.
What that means is we are working on Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise, he said.
We're not working on an existing franchise, we're looking to build the next Halo here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up.
To accompany this new pushthe studios website has updated, revealing that Black Tusk is working on AAA games that push the limits of Microsoft's entertainment platforms.
Do you want to help define Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise? Let's talk, it says.
Among the studios advertised roles is a posting for a senior gameplay engineer who has experience with multiplayer and/or co-op gameplay development.
Another posting asks for a senior AI engineer and refers to the game as a AAA core game.
Meanwhile, it has beenreportedthat Black Tusks in-development game is a sci-fi shooter on the scale of Gears of War or Halo. The lead designer of Crysis 2 is among the staff.
Back in July it was announced that Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver had halted development on two games, Microsoft Flight and Project Columbia - an interactive childrens TV project.
Now back from the brink as Black Tusk, itll be interesting to see what they come up with.
Vancouver Sun interview
Honestly, I'm surprised. I thought MS were done with creating any new first party games or studios for the 360. Unless this is aimed for the 720, which is a little more likely.
Thoughts? Did you collapse with a heart attack when you read MS and new core IP in the same sentence? Is Black Tusk a terrible, terrible name? Is SNIPER4321 the harcoreiest person ever?