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17 comments by MrTaxikiller on May 7th, 2014

Paging all armchair generals - please wax your moustaches, don your monocles and, er, plump your armchairs. Microsoft appears to be working on a new instalment of a classic strategy game franchise, as per a job ad spotted by NeoGAF.
"Microsoft Studios is looking for a highly experienced senior games developer to help build and lead the team for a new AAA title within an established and well-loved strategy game franchise," it reads. The successful candidate's "primary responsibilities will be to recruit and lead the client-side engineering team, drive technical strategy for client development, manage the day-to-day engineering rhythm, and evaluate and recommend appropriate middleware and tools to accomplish our goals".

Microsoft has three strategy franchises that could fit the label "established and well-loved", by my reckoning. The most obvious is Age of Empires, created by now-dead Ensemble Studios - there hasn't been a peep on that front since 2011's free-to-play instalment Age of Empires Online, which is due to be closed down in July 2014.Ensemble is also the studio behind Halo Wars, one of the few well-regarded and successful console-native real-time strategy titles. I'm not sure I'd call it an "established" franchise, though - sales weren't spectacular. Phil Spencer praised the game's control scheme while expressing guarded enthusiasm for console strategy experiences in January.Last but not least, there's Viva Pinata, Rare's intensely sugary animal husbandry sim. The developer has ideas for how a new game might make use of Kinect, and Microsoft's head PR honcho Major Nelson has broached the subject on Reddit. I also can't help noticing that Rare retweeted our retrospective from last month. On the other hand, the job listing above is based in Redmond, rather than at Rare's HQ in Leicestershire, UK.Any frothy bits of speculation to share?

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ThaneWulfgharn
ThaneWulfgharn Dec 29 2014, 7:44am says:

Why the Forgotten/Tiberian Dawn Timeline factions won't be playable?

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Jan 17 2015, 1:36pm replied:

The Tiberian Dawn timeline factions are going to be playable but the forggoten arnt. We do however are going to introduce a new faction to Tiberian Sun.

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Caveman11234
Caveman11234 Dec 26 2014, 9:53pm says:

hi i am yust wondering if this is possibal for yur mod to like add random old tiberian dawn base thats almost destryed to capture around the map like an damage tiberian dawn con yard if it is i woud appricate it

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Jan 17 2015, 1:35pm replied:

Yes we are planning to do that, currently all tiberian dawn assets we use from tiberian dawn redux are being remodeled and retextured so it will take a while before we are really going to give this page some updates.

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meelis13
meelis13 Dec 9 2014, 3:07pm says:

might be extremely dumb question, but are you going standalone with this one?

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Dec 10 2014, 8:48am replied:

We have asked this question to EA_CIRE if it was possible, but the answer was unfortunately no, this is because of some legal and copyright issue's. Since the Original Command and Conquer website haven't updated in almost like a year or so I think that is save to say that it will not be possible in the near future, until they make a public announcement that mods on the Sage engine of the RTS game can go Standalone just like the Rengegade Mods/Indies

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meelis13
meelis13 Dec 10 2014, 12:49pm replied:

ok, thank you for your answer. Its a shame though, as this is good looking mod and standalone would certainly help getting more players

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sgtmyers88 Creator
sgtmyers88 Nov 27 2014, 5:24am replied:

You make valid points which during the time when I created the sister Mod "Tiberian Dawn Redux" I took some "design liberties" for this same reason.

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