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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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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r May 21 2010, 9:19am says:

Dont let the ai use hunter seekers!! i hated that in the old game, every time you built up any thin the damn ai would cheat and use hunters to blow up some really inportant building..

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PedobearNED
PedobearNED May 21 2010, 3:27pm replied:

yeah and it whas like the AI could build faster than players and they used specials more quickly

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Shadow_Micha
Shadow_Micha Jun 7 2010, 11:05am replied:

The skirmish, in tech 10, AI RULES >.< especially with those seekers
XD

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Woozle
Woozle Jun 5 2010, 3:07pm replied:

I can't even play skirmish those dam seekeers are SO annoying i had to mod them out of the game they were so bad.

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Boochaca
Boochaca Jun 5 2010, 11:19pm replied:

i agree f*** the seekers

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Seadust
Seadust Apr 11 2010, 10:43pm says:

This is looking pretty good, I can't wait to see some nod stuff!

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Apr 24 2010, 5:23pm replied:

we will be working on nod after the gdi, and we also recreate the models we already did.

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cronos35
cronos35 Apr 11 2010, 2:58am says:

nice page edit!!

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FekLeyrTarg
FekLeyrTarg Apr 13 2010, 3:18pm replied:

I second that.

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burstisaac
burstisaac Apr 10 2010, 7:42am says:

what is the update

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burstisaac
burstisaac Apr 8 2010, 10:34am says:

whens the next update

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NFSRacer
NFSRacer Apr 2 2010, 9:11am says:

Titans need work, that's for sure.

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MrTaxikiller Creator
MrTaxikiller Apr 2 2010, 6:34pm replied:

its also old concept if you are talking about the trailer

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