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Microsoft working on brand new blockbuster franchise

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Microsoft's newly acquired Black Tusk Studio is looking to create the next Halo, it has been revealed.

The Vancouver-based outfit is hiring staff to build a blockbuster new IP from the ground up, which it hopes will have the same impact as Halo.

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Fronted by former Electronic Arts employee Mike Crump, the studio is hiring staff with experience on multiplayer and co-operative games.

"We're not working on an existing franchise, we're looking to build the next Halo here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up," Crump told The Vancouver Sun.

The studio's official website, meanwhile, says that it is dedicated to creating immersive triple-A games.

"Black Tusk Studios is dedicated to creating immersive, AAA games that push the limits of Microsoft's entertainment platforms," reads the studio's official blurb.

"Located in downtown Vancouver, Canada, we are part of the Microsoft Studios family, and we are growing. Do you have what it takes to keep pace with the best talent in the industry? Do you want to help define Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise? Let's talk."

Little else is known about the project and whether it will appear on the current generation of console, although a leaked CV earlier this year suggests it will take the form of a Kinect shooter, according to CVG.

Earlier this year, Microsoft began hiring for its next-generation version of Kinect.

According to leaked Xbox 720 documents, Microsoft's next console will feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.

A Microsoft patent filing backs up the claims, suggesting that Microsoft's next console will feature an improved Kinect device and two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia applications.

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