Microsoft opening two new studios?

Kinect development seemingly expanded internally at MS

Microsoft appears to be recruiting for two new internal studios, at least one of which is working on games for Kinect.


According to one job listing on its official site (as spotted on NeoGAF), MS is looking for a 'Human Resource Business Partner' to work with, among others, a "Platform Next Studios" who are apparently "pioneering experiences on Kinect".

Elsewhere, MS is calling for a level designer for a 'Microsoft Studios LEAP'. "We're the people that developed Kinect and profoundly changed the way people interact with technology. Now our incubation team is ready to change the world again, but we need your help," says the listing.

"We're a small and growing team of experienced incubators and game developers working with truly inspiring entertainment technology," it adds.

The lack of announced core releases for Xbox 360 this year has been defended by Xbox corporate VP Phil Spencer, who's claimed that output should be about "quality and impact, not number of releases in a year."

The only big 'core' names announced for 2012 so far are Halo 4, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and Fable: The Journey. In other words, a sequel, a downloadable title and a Kinect spin-off, which understandably has left some Xbox 360 owners itchy for more announcements.