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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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X988123 May 15 2014, 3:36pm says:

may I ask why does the game run slow. zero hour when on games high game speed runs fast but this game runs real slow takes units for ever to get anywhere on the map and build times are slow. will this be fixed in a latter update

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MrTaxikiller May 17 2014, 4:44am replied:

well Sgtmyers88 did some "graphical" upgraded to the game with layers to replicated the CnC3 weathering. maybe that is giving you some performance problem.

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sgtmyers88 May 17 2014, 10:12pm replied:

Could be AI problems too. Especially if there are a lot of AI players set on "Hard" difficulty. This was an issue that was unresolved with a lot of mod projects due to the buggy AI pathfinding associated with the game engine used.

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MrTaxikiller May 18 2014, 4:22am replied:

thanks for clearing that up, I also know that if allot of objects are on the screen the game also have allot of problems with rendering the game performance

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Meyerm Apr 24 2014, 11:51pm says:

I've looked at many of the maps, and I've been unable to find forgotten structures.

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Meyerm Apr 23 2014, 9:29pm says:

Also, this mod doesn't have any installation guide whatsoever. How do I install?

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MrTaxikiller Apr 24 2014, 8:26am replied:

you place the files in your zero hour installation folder, this is for everyone different but most of the time its C:/Program Files/EA games/ Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour.

At the moment, some of the maps have the forgotten structures, I cant remember them out of my head, there are also some maps that have a purple/pink layer on it, I have fixed this in the new release.

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Meyerm Apr 23 2014, 4:41pm says:

What maps (if any) have forgotten structures to capture?

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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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