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MS Japan tries something new

Wants developers who are prepared to buck the sequel and franchise trend on a new "strictly confidential" project at Microsoft Game Studios.

Microsoft Game Studios in Japan is looking for game creators with some original ideas, opposed to the current trend of pushing sequels and established franchises, judging by a job ad that appeared on the firm's Japanese employment page this week.

The ad solicits interest from art directors, character artists, background artists, motion animators, effects artists, level designers and various software engineers, and talks about a "strictly confident project".

It's not clear whether the team will be set to work on an Xbox or PC title, or even something else entirely, but in any event it's interesting to see the publisher searching for inspiration, having failed to capture the interest of gamers in Japan up to now.

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