Ann Arbor tech firm plans hiring after PC development for "Red Faction: Guerrilla" video game
An Ann Arbor-based video imaging company is hiring 10 workers to support its growth after the firm finished coding for Tuesday’s PC release of a popular video game.
Quantum Signal’s Reactor Zero division completed development work on the PC version of “Red Faction: Guerrilla,” created by Champaign, Ill.-based Volition for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s the first major video game release for Reactor Zero since 10-year-old Quantum Signal started the business unit in 2005.
The Ann Arbor firm expects to hire 10 programmers fueled by growth in the defense technology sector and video game industry.
Translating the code for “Red Faction: Guerrilla” into PC format was a challenging feat.
“It does take a lot of work,” said Matthew Toschlog, president of Reactor Zero. “Getting it basically running is not too hard. There’s enough similarities between the PC and the Xbox. But there are a lot of peculiarities in the PC that you have to deal with. The biggest one, of course, is that the PC hardware is so variable. There’s lots of different machines out there.”
The game, which features a war on the planet Mars, is the third release in the popular series.
“The game looks great on the consoles, and we added some enhancements on the PC side,” Toschlog said.
The game’s release comes a few months after Quantum Signal finished adding a few thousand square feet to its 8,000-square-foot facility on Plaza Drive near the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.
The company, which has some 25 employees, expects to conduct a thorough search for programmers.
Quantum Signal founder Mitchell Rohde has said it’s difficult to find qualified software engineers, particularly because he usually has to sort through hundreds of applicants for each position.
“We’re very particular,” Toschlog said. “It takes us a long time to find people.”