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In an exclusive interview Square Enix's worldwide technology director Julien Merceron praised cloud storage and cloud computing, and said platform holders must include it in the generation of consoles.

"When it comes down to future hardware platforms, and official home consoles, I think its going to be instrumental," he told GamesIndustry.biz

"I think it has tremendous benefits. I don't see any good reason not to investigate for platform holders how they could actually think about cloud storage and cloud computing for their next platforms."


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In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Volition, ReSpawn Entertainment, Square Enix, Sega, and more.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused alternative gaming news, independent games, and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Volition: Lead Combat Designer:
"Volition is one of THQ’s premier internal game development studios. We are the creators of such franchises as Saints Row, Red Faction, and the Descent/Freespace series. We have most recently released the highly successful Saints Row 2 and Red Faction Guerrilla. We offer a casual work environment, a comprehensive benefits package, and the opportunity to have fun developing awesome games."

Respawn Entertainment: QA Lead:
"Founded in 2010, Respawn Entertainment is an independent video game development studio based in Van Nuys, California that will focus on creating state-of-the-art gaming experiences for global audiences. The studio was formed by Jason West and Vince Zampella, former co-founders of Infinity Ward and creators of the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty franchise."

Square Enix: Micro-transaction Specialist:
"Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses Square Enix, Eidos, and Taito branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: Final Fantasy, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; Dragon Quest, which has sold over 54 million units worldwide; Tomb Raider, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary Space Invaders.

SEGA of America: Technical Director:
"SEGA of America is a global leader in the video games and entertainment software industry. The Technical Director oversees technical design and implementation for assigned 3rd party projects through all phases of development and provides team programming support. This person is accountable for ongoing assessment of technology needs and deploying sufficient resources to meet agreed upon objectives, schedules and budgets at the highest level of quality for SEGA of America as a whole."

LOLapps: Game Play Engineers:
"Imagine what YOU can do with ~120 amazingly smart, driven, fun, and collaborative people in a profitable company with more than 35 million monthly active users. Founded in 2008, Lolapps 6waves is now the 2nd largest social game developer. Our flagship game Ravenwood Fair has just been nominated for Best Social Network Game, Best Online Game Design, and Best Audio for an Online Game! We are looking to add 40-50 more talents this year in Engineering, Art, Game Design & Product Management."

To browse hundreds of similar jobs, and for more information on searching, responding to, or posting game industry-relevant jobs to the top source for jobs in the business, please visit Gamasutra's job board now.

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Luminous Studio targets DirectX 11.

Square Enix has lifted the lid on its new Luminous Studio engine, which it intends to use to power its next generation of games.

Technology Writer Zenji Nishikawa was allowed a sneak peek at the engine, and reported his findings on Japanese website Impress Watch (translated by Andriasang).

Luminous Studio is said to be similar to Epic's Unreal Engine, which is used in countless games, including Gears of War 3 and Batman: Arkham City.


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Hanging on in there.

It's a true testament to the game that 15 years after release, the original Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is still rated as one of the best titles in its genre. In fact it was such a triumph it's featured in Famitsu's Top 20 Games list for 14 years running.

The premise is simple – you are a humble boy on a quest to bring freedom to the nation of Valeria. To achieve this, you control a group of up to 12 warriors and wage battles on 3D isometric playing fields.

Once you've individually manoeuvred your fighters into place you can attack, defend, cast spells or healing buffs... Whatever your soldier is trained to do. It's these intelligent turn-based battles, combined with razor-sharp AI and an emotive plotline, which have helped the game to stand the test of time.


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