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Google's secretive skunkworks lab wants to make a new multiplayer smartphone game

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Google's secretive skunkworks lab is trying to create the multiplayer game of the future.

The Advanced Technology and Projects  ATAP division is hiring a bunch of gaming experts to work on a new social smartphone game, according to recent job postings.

The process appears to be in the early stages as ATAP is looking for a creative director as well as lead backend and mobile games engineers to "propose, design, and implement services to help manage large amounts of user data for multiplayer gaming.

"Google doesn't specify the game's title or premise, but says in one listing that it needs a creative director, familiar with the Unity3D game development tool, who will be "responsible for all aspect's of the game's design," including generating "concepts, storyboards, sketches, design documents, and other artifacts as needed to communicate the design vision" and working with the product manager to design all game mechanics.The ATAP division prides itself on moving quickly and killing projects liberally , so no there's no guarantee that this game will see the light of day.

But for now, ATAP is billing the endeavor to hopefuls as creating "the future of mobile entertainment" and wants developers with 8  years of experience to build a "cross-platform, shared server development framework" to support "large social engagement through shared gameplay.

" ATAP itself saw a big change earlier this year when Facebook poached its leader, Regina Dugan.

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