Lo, when the news teat runneth dry, the enterprising journamalist doth turn his or her attention to the job pages in search of revelations. Today, I discovered that Halo 4 developer 343 Industries is in the market for people who've worked on Massively Multiplayer Online games. Why do you suppose that is?
Slots for a multiplayer designer and software development engineer are on offer, among other vacancies. The latter will help build "the next generation of backend services to power Halo 4 and our new game saga." The listing notes that "we also build services to enhance the greater Halo Universe - services for console, web, and mobile through Halo Waypoint" and suggests that applicants with MMO experience would be "ideal".
Less revealingly, a new creative director is sought "to lead and deliver a groundbreaking new AAA entertainment experience set in the Halo universe." You'll need three million sales to your name if you're applying for that one.
There's also more evidence that Microsoft has a brace of new IPs on the way next generation, in the form of a vacancy for a software development engineer at the Core Games Publishing team.
The listing reads: "MGS has a number of successful core franchises: Halo, Fable, Forza Motorsport, and Gears of War. Our job is to add new blood to this stable of AAA franchises. We have huge ambitions for what we want to accomplish, and we need a great software engineer to help us get where we want to go."
What sort of new blood would you pump into Microsoft's mighty arteries? And what do you think Bungie - now developing major sci-fi MMO for Activision - thinks of all this?