Is Microsoft about to start development on a new game in the Flight Simulator series?
A job posting on the Microsoft Talent Network certainly points to it happening. A new position is listed with the title, “Software Development Engineer in Test – Microsoft Games– Flight Sim LIVE Job”. The description is as follows:
Microsoft Games Studios is looking for an SDET for a new project: Flight Sim LIVE.
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Date: Jul 27, 2010
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 714449 13787
Product: Games for Windows
Division: Entertainment & Devices Division
Microsoft Games Studios is looking for an SDET for a new PC Games project. We are looking for an experienced person to own our testing for Gameplay and Multiplayer features. We are looking for someone who is motivated to make a significant impact to our business and drive great customer experience for our gamers. If you have the skills and the passion, want to work on a Games for Windows LIVE product, and you're looking for challenge in a fun and fast environment you should join us!
What we offer:
The chance to OWN GAMEPLAY TESTING for our game!
Working with a highly-skilled, fun, and creative, and driven team.
A unique experience in the video game industry and Games For Windows LIVE.
Opportunities for you to be creative in solving some interesting technical challenges.
Experience helping drive and develop our test automation infrastructure from the ground up, including the opportunity to work with our SDK and tools pipeline.
Fast-paced development cycles (Scrum), small teams, rapid iteration, and strong feature ownership.
Contribute towards the overall test strategy and business direction of the team.
Own major server feature areas such as Gameplay and Multiplayer.
Work with Dev, PM, Art, and UX leads to build testability, security, and release criteria into product design.
Develop tools and automation to test gameplay features.
Ensure our vehicles have the right balance of feeling realistic for simulation enthusiasts, while feeling fun for gamers.
A great SDET candidate must have all the following competencies to be successful in this role:
At least 4 years of SDET experience is required, with experience shipping at least 1 retail product end-to-end, or shipping smaller, more frequent products, like a web or SDK experience, through many releases.
Test automation or tool development experience required.
2 years of experience with C#, or C++ required. Other interesting technologies for this team include: Games for Windows LIVE, Xbox LIVE, XLSP, networking, .NET Framework, .NET Remoting, SQL, T-SQL, IIS, XML/XSL, 3D Studio Max, Maya, LUA Script.
Eagerness to come up with great solutions on a fast-paced team that iterates quickly.
Excellent communication skills, team player spirit and ability to collaborate across teams and functional specialties. Because we have a small team, working well with other functional teams is critical.
Solid knowledge of computer science fundamentals (data structures, caching, multi-threading). B.S. or M.S. in CS or related area, or equivalent experience, required. Flight Simulators or real world flight experience is a bonus.
Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue
Job Segments: .NET, C#, Database, Developer, Engineer, Engineering, Game Designer, Software Engineer, SQL, Technology, Test Engineer, Testing, User Experience, XML
This line in the competences section is an obvious giveaway too:
Flight Simulators or real world flight experience is a bonus. !
We can only Hope !!