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By on August 26, 2014 6:16:42 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Greetings!

Well, my friends, there’s so much going on around here these days that I don’t even know where to start.  Please forgive me for my rambling in advance.

Galactic Civilizations III

imageAs a developer, having a 64-bit only game engine is amazing. As I type this, old man Kael is testing to see what a GalCiv game with a hundred or so AI players will play like. 

Can you guys imagine that? A game where the galaxy is alive with hundreds of empires (not counting minor races)?  That’s one of the benefits of GalCiv III.

The new crazy sized galaxies are really in contrast to the new super-tiny Arena sized maps that we’re working on for multiplayer and quick games.  I’ve always wanted to be able to balance a game for both tiny and insane but in the days before Steam Early Access, that wasn’t really doable.

One of the new things we’re doing for GalCiv III to make the universe more interesting is we are developing an XML based diplomacy schema.  This is important because we’ll want modders to be able to share their own diplomacy extensions of the game so that these amazing maps really do feel alive.

Making the galaxy alive

You can’t just make a really big map and call it a day. To make it believeable you need a really sophisticated AI combined with a helluva lot of content.  “We laugh at your pitiful civilization, give us gold or we will destroy you!” would get pretty old after the 97th time. That’s why we need the diplomacy development language.  We have to be able to hand it off to writers and modders to create a ton of interesting and unique potential scenarios that have specific and relevant results.

Interesting relations

A lot of the AI design has to do with the idea that you’re building a relationship with a particular race.  As some people recall, GalCiv is NOT that game where everyone gangs up on the most powerful player automatically. The smart player builds long lasting friendships with other players.

The difference with GalCiv III is that instead of me hard coding this, this is being made extensible via XML.  So players will be able to extend whatever I come up with.

Now, mind you, I don’t even start writing code on GalCiv III until October.  That’s when the party will really start. Hehe.

E-2015

imageThe marketing people hate when I refer to something involving Elemental.  That’s because every press article seems focus on the original Elemental:War of Magic (which did suck unfortunately).  Elemental remains the most enjoyable programming experience I ever had.  It’s a good reminder that you can’t mix up fun working on and fun playing.

Anyway, we just released an update to Legendary Heroes last month and we’re working on the next game in that fantasy universe.  It’s going to be incredibly sweet. We’ve decided to embrace its single player style and really focus the game about you. So we have some real RPG-ish stuff coming.

Offworld

Soren Johnson, designer of Civilization IV, has a new game in development called Offworld Trading Company.  It won’t be out for awhile (Early Access next year). But it’s crazy addictive already. Multiplayer works too well. Think of it is MULE but designed for today and with a lot of bastard features.  I won’t say who let the air our of Soren’s tires. I’m just saying that maybe he should let others win more often. That’s all I’m saying.

Star Control

Yes. We are working on this.  But don’t expect to hear much for a long time. We are aggressively hiring developers/artists for working on it in Maryland.  Right now, we’re working on the prototype which is, not surprisingly, based on Star Control 2.  The biggest areas open to changing are the land based parts (exploring a planet), some of the camera work for Melee and letting making the customization of your main ship be something much more open ended. 

Other Stuff

Our biggest, most ambitious project ever is not announced yet.  It’ll likely be announced as CES 2015. This team is a combo of people who worked on Sins of a Solar Empire, Galactic Civilizations, Civilization V and LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth.  It’ll require 64-bit and need Mantle/DirectX 12 to really shine.  We haven’t even hinted about this game yet in any form so don’t bother to try to guess. It’s something completely new.

 

Stay tuned!

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August 26, 2014 6:22:18 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums


Our biggest, most ambitious project ever is not announced yet.  It’ll likely be announced as CES 2015. This team is a combo of people who worked on Sins of a Solar Empire, Galactic Civilizations, Civilization V and LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth.  It’ll require 64-bit and need Mantle/DirectX 12 to really shine.  We haven’t even hinted about this game yet in any form so don’t bother to try to guess. It’s something completely new.

 

 

wha'...??

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August 26, 2014 6:39:11 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Uh, need DX12 eh? Sweet. Can I get 3 guesses and process through elimination?

 

  • Is it a 4x game?
  • Is it an MMO?
  • Is it a shooter?

That should help narrow it down....

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August 26, 2014 7:30:06 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth was an amazing RTS!

Please send a thanks from me to the guys who worked on it! It was a great game to play and I often still play it with my family!

 

Looking forward to see what you guys are working on!

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August 26, 2014 7:31:11 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I know you said not to guess, but I can't help but wonder what happened to Societies.

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August 26, 2014 7:39:45 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums


Our biggest, most ambitious project ever is not announced yet. It’ll likely be announced as CES 2015. This team is a combo of people who worked on Sins of a Solar Empire, Galactic Civilizations, Civilization V and LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth. It’ll require 64-bit and need Mantle/DirectX 12 to really shine. We haven’t even hinted about this game yet in any form so don’t bother to try to guess. It’s something completely new.

 

Sooo Excited!!!

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August 26, 2014 8:54:05 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Brad's just trolling...he's referring to the Political Machine 2015.  

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August 26, 2014 9:54:16 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Thanks for the update.

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August 26, 2014 10:55:23 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I absolutely LOVE Battle For Middle Earth.  It has been very hard for me to find a game equal to its complexity and enjoyability.  If the new game is anything similar to this in gameplay, size, complexity I am all in for it.  Sign me up.

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August 26, 2014 11:10:49 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

As a big Star Control 2 fan, I just want to say feel free to change melee.  I was never a big fan of it.

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August 27, 2014 2:35:18 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

"i have little something for you but i won't tell you what it is and i won't give it to you just yet"

Then better don't even say you have something. Don't torture people 

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August 27, 2014 3:52:40 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting Misaniovent,

I know you said not to guess, but I can't help but wonder what happened to Societies.

THAT was exactly what i was thinking. Please stop reading my mind.

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August 27, 2014 5:18:12 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Very exciting times, Stardock certainly has a fair bit going on at the moment.

 

Incredibly interested in what that mystery project could be.

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August 27, 2014 7:04:07 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting dejancrn,
Then better don't even say you have something. Don't torture people 

Marketing.  Hype building.  Whatever you want to call it. 

Quoting Misaniovent,

I know you said not to guess, but I can't help but wonder what happened to Societies.

That's what I thought too, until he said:

Quoting ,

We haven’t even hinted about this game yet in any form so don’t bother to try to guess. It’s something completely new.

which really nixes the idea of it being Societies.  It's been talked about and/or hinted at plenty over the years and it wouldn't be something completely new.  It'd be a return to something old.  

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August 27, 2014 8:44:34 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Good info, thanks for the update!  I'm looking forward to all of those titles.

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August 27, 2014 9:55:09 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Lord Xia,

As a big Star Control 2 fan, I just want to say feel free to change melee.  I was never a big fan of it.

 

I agree. Always felt it was silly to have one ship fight at a time arcade style... it felt so counter intuitive to the rest of the game.

 

I'd prefer something a bit more tactical with your whole fleet able to join in the fight.

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August 27, 2014 11:50:34 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

The most ambitious project whith lots of units on the screen (need Mantle).

Considering you already tackled RTS and 4X and I dont consider FPS more ambitious than that

i would guess MMO

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August 27, 2014 12:47:06 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Mantle to shine?  Well... It won't be shining for me then!

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August 27, 2014 1:17:57 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting charon2112,

Brad's just trolling...he's referring to the Political Machine 2015.  

 

Haha, well I liked the Political Machine... if he has that many great minds working on a new one then I'm ok with that...

 

... Just sayin

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August 27, 2014 2:36:41 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting igorCRO,

The most ambitious project whith lots of units on the screen (need Mantle).

Considering you already tackled RTS and 4X and I dont consider FPS more ambitious than that

i would guess MMO


This team is a combo of people who worked on Sins of a Solar Empire, Galactic Civilizations, Civilization V and LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth.

 

Why would those people make a game other then a 4x or 4x/RTS combo.

Further, if you look at the star swarm demo, it stands to reason that engine is being used. The demo vid for that also specifically mentions how much more amazing it is with Mantle.

A MMO in the traditional sense also makes little sense, a MMORTS might be possible but far fetched, although that does fit "most ambitious" quite well. (Big risk with this engine is ofcourse the game being ahead of its time)

 

So my guess is either a space 4x or a space 4x/RTS combo. Possibly Sins of a Solar empire 2, new IP is always risky but ofcourse a possibilty, and even hinted at by Brad.

 

The real question is: What could "CES" stand for looking at stardocks past. The 2015 is very confusing to me, the 2015 in E2015 refers to release date in 2015, but that is unlikely with CES2015 if it isn't even unofficially announced yet AND a big ambitious project. 

 

 

 

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August 27, 2014 3:01:43 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

CES is Consumer Electronics Show.

 

Not really a video game platform like E3, but AMD talked up Mantle this year.  As software utilizing upcoming major tech advancements, it's a likely place to get that first announcement out.

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August 27, 2014 3:08:41 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

but but but he said announced AS, not announced AT.

 

what a clever ploy to mislead us.

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August 27, 2014 3:11:23 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I have pretty good typo filters, it never even occurred to me that there would be confusion over that.  It comes from conversing with the impaired regularly.

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August 27, 2014 3:33:28 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

but if it was another 4X why would it be "The most ambitious project"

also that engine could probably solve biggest problem current MOO have

to display lots of players on screen, GW2 and Planetside 2 are really struggling with that,

to me most ambitious would mean either doing justice to old IP or MMO

and since WARGAMING snatched Master of Orion  

I guess it's a MMO

 


Not that I am rooting for it to be MMO, actualy I am hoping it is not, but I don't know what else could it be that is more ambitious than current projects

 

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August 27, 2014 3:58:29 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I also think it's multiplayer, given Stardock Austin and the infrastructure they're creating. Maybe some sort of MOBA with mass combat?

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August 27, 2014 4:20:38 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

The MOBA market is very very saturated though, and with big companies to boot.

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