After a break of nearly four years, Microsoft got back in the PC game publishing business in 2011 with the release of two titles: the PC port of the Xbox 360 RPG game Fable III and the PC exclusive online RTS game Age of Empires Online. In 2012, Microsoft will also release Microsoft Flight, a PC exclusive successor to its long running Microsoft Flight Simulator series.
Now it looks like Microsoft is gearing up to release yet another major PC game. In a job listing posted on Microsoft's web site (first spotted by RTS Guru) the company lists a new position for a Community Manager that would work with Microsoft "to drive engaging and innovative end-to-end user experiences for an exciting new online PC Real Time Strategy game."
The job listing adds, "As a web and community PM, you will work closely with Team leads, Marketing and PR on strategic initiatives within our communities, and help evangelize our Game’s story to the world."
That's basically all we know about this mystery game but Microsoft certainly has a number of franchises from both the PC and Xbox 360 platforms that it could use to create a RTS game. A Halo-based game certainly comes to mind and in fact Microsoft already released an Xbox 360 exclusive RTS game in Halo Wars a few years ago. Hopefully Microsoft will reveal more about this unannounced games in the weeks and months to come.