Microsoft employees may eat their own dog food
, but they won't have to code cross-platform Windows Phone 7 games in their spare time
-- Redmond job postings recently revealed that there's a studio for that, which will develop and publish first- and second-party titles on the company's dime. According to job descriptions, the newly-christened "MGS Mobile" will develop "showcase" Windows Phone 7 titles with an emphasis on connected play
, and also incubate titles from indie devs and partners like the original Microsoft Game Studios, its older Xbox-based sibling. Interestingly enough, games won't necessarily be limited to Windows Phone 7 devices, but may appear on "emerging mobile platforms" as well -- the idea being to advance Microsoft's position in the mobile gaming space rather than just pimp the WP7 platform. Is the world ready for Halo on MeeGo
? Oh, you bet your britches it is. Just don't expect to see Xbox games on Android, yo
Looks like Microsoft's actually been on the job hunt since June
. It's just so hard to find good employees these days.