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Report RSS [OFF-TOPIC]Microsoft is reviving a well loved strategy game franchise

Age of Empires? Halo Wars 2? Viva Pinata? Command and Conquer ?

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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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CptIstvanofArdeal
CptIstvanofArdeal

It's plain obvious that they are going for new installment of age of empires

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Lоner
Lоner

Ahe of Mythology is probably what they're after. They're doing a remake / v2 of it IIRC. I've read that some where

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Lupus_of_nox_noctis
Lupus_of_nox_noctis

Most likely Age of Empires or Age of Mythology, Theyve been getting alot of publicity lately with the releases so maybe they caught on people are still interested

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Ahrimansiah
Ahrimansiah

and what does this news have to do with brotherhood of nod? xD

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AlphaZulu
AlphaZulu

KANE IS THE TRUE MESSIAH

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tsfan
tsfan

In the name of kane!

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alexthom13
alexthom13

kane lives in death!

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12

Yeah, if EA sold the rights for C&C to Microsoft, I'm sure we'd have heard of it before they decided to announce reviving a beloved franchise.
...
Kane lives in death.

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Ominous-Spud
Ominous-Spud

Betcha they'd sell it for dirt too, seeming as they have ripped it to shreds, and it'd be up to Microsoft to pick up the pieces.

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hellodean
hellodean

im thinking its Age of Empires since microsoft apparently intend to air a show based on it..(video from machinima)

Youtu.be

along with
halo
gears of war
fable
and others

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880Zero
880Zero

I doubt its a command and conquer revival. Last I checked, ea owned CNC.

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MrSeriousOak
MrSeriousOak

Yeah, if you want anything new from C&C, or rather for C&C you have to look towards your modders. Some of them are doing an amazing job.

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Shazer22
Shazer22

As much as I'd love for microsoft to give CNC a go I doubt its CNC.

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AlphaZulu
AlphaZulu

*cough* Rise of Nations II would be cool *cough*

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Unikraken
Unikraken

It's definitely not Halo Wars. (And I say that as someone who enjoyed it thoroughly.)

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12

Indeed, halo wars is hardly a self-contained beloved franchise.

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Scripty
Scripty

It could be improved on massively especially if they moved it to a PC copy

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AthrunZala02
AthrunZala02

Rise of Nations 2 and Age of Empires 4 pleaseee XD

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Delta_Com
Delta_Com

Mechcommander 3? If only... Its almost definitely Age of Empires 4

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Guest
Guest

well from what i heard from youtube and all that stuff, I'm pretty certain it isnt any of those games, Gearbox bought the rights to HOMEWORLD, and they have already released info about their newest installment to the series AND a completely remastered edition including HW1 and HW2... But to see C&C Revived.... I.... I would cut my legs off and sell them just to get it....
-MPRA2

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natsuxerza
natsuxerza

is halo wars 2 :D

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