Turn 10 only released Forza Horizon 2 a couple of months ago, yet the Redmond-based Xbox One developer is already stepping up to the plate to deliver us more of their fantastic racing goodness, and more.
A new job posting over on the official Microsoft careers page reveals that the studio is looking to get themselves a Design Director to help steer the franchise in the right direction with what sounds like multiple games.
We are looking for a talented, motivated and experienced Design Director with proven creative leadership ability to work with internal and/or external development teams on a variety of Forza products. As a Design Director at Turn 10, you will work with marketing, business development, art and engineering to ensure that the quality and innovation of our products exceed the expectations of players around the world.
In this role, you will be an agent of quality and communication. You will provide actionable and concrete feedback inspired by passion, tempered by logic and driven by data. The ideal candidate will also have a proven track record in hands-on design tasks such designing and tuning reward and unlock systems, orchestrating the interactions of multiple complex game systems and leveraging thorough usability & game play testing to deliver the best possible experiences for our players.
Qualified individuals are expected to demonstrate exceptional analytical skills, impeccable verbal and written communication skills and a proven track record in AAA game design. Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills along with a contagious positive attitude are also important to be successful in this role.
Work closely with the Forza franchise Creative Director to create compelling, innovative Forza experiences from scratch.
Clarify, synthesize and articulate creative ideas to a broad range of team members, including Turn 10 Studios leadership and Xbox executives.
Collaborate with an experienced project leadership team and external partners to ensure the high quality of all products developed.
When applicable, own the design relationship between Turn 10 and an external partner; establish milestone deliverables, review milestones and nurture the design relationship with our partner.
Partner with experienced user researchers to develop and drive play tests that have a substantial impact on the quality of the final products.
Use feedback from personal play-throughs and gameplay studies to improve the game in meaningful ways.
Develop a deep understanding of our audience; leverage analytics and business intelligence to continually improve the quality of our products.
Inspire, motivate and mentor other designers in best practices, processes and creative techniques.
Ideate and champion 1st party platform showcasing features.
Over 10 years of games industry experience.
Experienced with both internal and external development is a plus.
Minimum of 3 shipped AAA titles, with at least one Xbox 360 or Xbox One title.
An effective collaborator; the ability to positively embrace feedback, divergent opinions and pointed questions, iterate on your work and drive for consensus.
Great communication skills; the ability to communicate effectively with anyone is critical to be successful in this role.
A passion for the games industry and an understanding of market trends and styles.
A deep knowledge of the racing genre competitive landscape on all platforms and a healthy dose of car passion is a plus.
A proactive work ethic, capable and creative problem solver; not afraid of big challenges.
A proven ability to multitask, follow through on a wide variety and number of tasks from inception to completion.
From the looks of it Turn 10 may be working on more than one title. We all more or less expect Forza Horizon 3 sometime in the future and it’d be pretty easy for Microsoft to have Turn 10 add a couple of new features to the already existing formula and be done.
However, going on the information in the ad it appears that Turn 10 are actively trying to build upon their previous success by building new experiences from scratch rather than doing a simple copy-and-past job.
One possibility is that Turn 10 are working on two games concurrently, most likely Forza Horizon 3 and a follow-up to Forza Motorsport 5.
Ready for more Forza? Which would you want; Motorsport or Horizon? Both? Let us know down below.
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