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16 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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GoldenArbiter Apr 1 2014, 6:37pm says:

So, every time I've tried to run Generals (off of a disk) on Win 7, I have horrible frame rate... Is this a personal problem, or...?

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Tiberium_Exposure Apr 9 2014, 5:26pm replied:

go to your options menu and adjust all of the video settings to minimum or very low. it could be that you're computer cannot properly compensate for the game you are attempting to play with its current equipment and that you may have to find or "buy" a new video/graphics card for your computer.

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MrTaxikiller Apr 2 2014, 5:24am replied:

With the original generals game ?

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RED_EYED Mar 23 2014, 8:26am says:

if only generals zero hour runs on win8...

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Zeke_Dlyoung Apr 1 2014, 8:42am replied:

It works on my win8 tablet.

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Astor Mar 30 2014, 6:42pm replied:

It runs on both of my Win 8 machines, widescreen+AA without problems.

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MrTaxikiller Mar 25 2014, 7:16am replied:

it doesnt ? let me try a fix on my other machine.

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merher55 Feb 9 2014, 7:41pm says:

I don't know if someone has already addressed this, but when I play skirmish games, all of the AI's are immediately defeated

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Karpet Apr 15 2014, 7:52am replied:

Go to your ZH folder with redux, then data, then rename the scripts folder to scripts1. Then it should work.

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MrTaxikiller Feb 12 2014, 7:10am replied:

Yeah some people have this problem ! Do you have other mods installed ?

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Neo3602 Feb 1 2014, 1:49pm says:

This looks awesome!!

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MrTaxikiller Feb 7 2014, 2:08am replied:

No man your awesome!!

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