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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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osensei1907
osensei1907 Dec 11 2013, 11:41am says:

Are your two sister mods "completely" (campaigns, maybe cutscenes etc.) bring the first and second wars of series up-to-date with Generals graphics? If so, I will be very glad because I couldn't play the old (but gold) series and I want to see what happened before scrin landed our planet :D

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jfpoliveira12 Dec 12 2013, 2:45am replied:

You can download them for free, EA let them out a while ago.

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FekLeyrTarg Dec 11 2013, 5:51am says:

Congratulations for making it into the top 100 of the MOTY awards. You totally deserve it. :)

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MrTaxikiller
MrTaxikiller Dec 11 2013, 8:10am replied:

Thanks last year we didnt made it unfortunately but we are glad we made it this year.

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MrTaxikiller
MrTaxikiller Dec 8 2013, 6:09am replied:

Tiberian Dawn Redux is on hold, Sgtmyers88 doesn't have the time anymore I beleave to work on the mod.

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miguelremoquillo
miguelremoquillo Dec 25 2013, 4:43am replied:

i was the one who asked it, anyways so yeah will you pick up after it or will anyone like say people who worked on contra, ROTR, untitled etc help in making the tiberium dawn,me and some old buddies are looking for some nostalgia time you know

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Guest Oct 27 2013, 2:43pm says:

This mod awesome

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MrTaxikiller
MrTaxikiller Oct 28 2013, 6:35pm replied:

Thanks your awesome aswel

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MrTaxikiller
MrTaxikiller Nov 26 2013, 8:28am replied:

By not deleting the old art files

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