Forza Horizon may just be around the corner, but that doesn't mean the main Forza Motorsport series is about to retire – far from it, in fact, if a recent job listing by Microsoft is anything to go by.
The listing in question is advertising for a Senior Software Engineer to work on "the next version of Forza Motorsport", which we're of course assuming is Forza Motorsport 5. "We are looking for a strong senior software engineer to own the testing of our multiplayer networking system," it continues. "You'll be working directly with your counterparts in dev, design, and PM to design and build a secure, reliable and scalable multiplayer system. You will also be responsible for efficiently leveraging contingent staff to accomplish your tasks."
Microsoft has also previously confirmed that Forza Motorsport 5 is due out next year, which is no surprise given Turn 10's rapid turnaround with Forza games in the past.
Of course, this raises a pertanent question – will we be seeing Forza Motorsport 5 on current or next generation hardware, i.e. the long-rumoured Xbox 720? Even the 2013 release window opens up the possibility of Forza Motorsport 5 being a launch title for Microsoft's next console.
Turn 10 have supported Forza Motorsport 4 with a continuous stream of DLC nearly a year on since its release, too, so it's difficult to see how they could evolve the series with another sequel on current hardware.
Whether Forza Motorsport 5 does turn out to be one final hurrah for the current console generation remains to be seen, but the possibility of Forza becoming a bi-annual franchise is becoming increasingly likely, with developer duties switching every year in the same vein as Call of Duty. Forza Horizon will plug the gap between Forza Motorsport 4 and 5, leaving the door open for future spin-offs to possibly follow.