Microsoft Developing “AAAA” Xbox Game
The job posting reads:
Microsoft Studios (Xbox) is looking for a dynamic and seasoned Executive Producer to lead and develop a world-class team who will own the creation and delivery of a AAAA experience that delivers on 1st party goals and, more importantly, creates a fun gaming experience for our audience.
I know what you’re thinking: “Surely, that’s just a typo. They meant AAA, not AAAA.”
The want-ad goes on:
-The EP will have P&L responsibility for a major Xbox AAAA console title.
-Deliver the end-to-end AAAA title experience (Concept, Prototype, Greenlight, Pre-Production, Production, Release, ongoing revenue streams and a complete franchise plan).
Still think it’s a typo?
While the industry’s use of the term “AAA” originated as marketing jargon, it has colloquially been adapted to represent the quality of the game. What Microsoft probably means by quadruple-A is a series like Call of Duty, which releases titles annually and brings home more bacon than a Danish pig farmer. But that doesn’t prevent the whole idea from sounding ridiculous.
What’s next? Activision developing a AAAAA game? To which Microsoft responds with a AAAAA+ game?