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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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Astor
Astor Mar 30 2011, 8:12am says:

I bet tomorrow we see 3 :P

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agostinho
agostinho Mar 28 2011, 3:25pm says:

Will CABAL be playable?

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Mar 28 2011, 4:40pm replied:

No Cabal will not be playable,

Tiberian Sun Redux would bring the old Original Tiberian Sun/Firestorm to 3D with its original units, buildings, campaign mission and multiplayer maps.

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Hijacker
Hijacker Feb 11 2011, 4:06pm says:

Will this mod recreates every TS and FS missions as well as adding new stuff like its sister mod TD redux?

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Feb 12 2011, 12:35pm replied:

the mod will future all units and buildings from Tiberian Sun + Firestorm, including Campaing Missions, Skirmish Maps maybe some concept units /buildings from the official art of Tiberian Sun.

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Shadow_Micha
Shadow_Micha Feb 23 2011, 10:20am replied:

Including 2 CABAL's gigantic obelisks and that crazy core defender? :D

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Feb 25 2011, 6:37pm replied:

yep but that would be the final release.

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral Mar 17 2011, 4:11pm replied:

NICE! i always wanted to see the core defender in a better resolution.
When it is destroyed, i belive that it will fall on the ground right?
If it fall, can you make it crush any unit below it? Like when you destroy a tower in genetrals.
lol my teacher spoke about generals in the university today.

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Stubbornpony
Stubbornpony Jan 20 2012, 8:04pm replied:

well guess what, i had played the first red alert against my teacher, was awesome!

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Chosen-One
Chosen-One Mar 28 2011, 4:30pm replied:

nice teacher u have there ^^

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