The world’s best strategy game developers are teaming up

By on September 10, 2014 8:57:34 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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This week the team up of Stardock and Dallas based BonusXP was announced! We’re all very excited to work together on a new game that we think gamers are going to really like.

Little by little the pieces of our long-term strategy get announced.  Here’s a recap of what’s been going on:

2011

  • Stardock sells its Impulse digital distribution platform to Gamestop

2012

  • Stardock spins off its enterprise software unit into EdgeRunner
  • Stardock builds a second game studio in Plymouth Michigan

2013

  • Stardock and the development leads from Civilization V team up to form Oxide Games is founded to build a next-generation strategy game centric 3D engine
  • Stardock and Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson along with the Civilization IV/V art leads team up to form Mohawk Games to develop an economic RTS called Offworld Trading Company
  • Stardock acquires the trademark and publishing rights for the Star Control franchise (www.starcontrol.com)

2014

  • Stardock hires Battle.net engineer, Adrian Luff to run Stardock Austin and build a next-generation Metagame platform.
  • Stardock and the development team and designer of the Age of Empires series (BonusXP) team up on an unannounced strategy game
  • [October: New Stardock PC 4X game announcement]
  • [October: New Game Studio announcement soon]
  • [Soon:  New Game Studio announcement soon]

2015

  • New IP RTS game announcement
  • New Stardock 4X 4X game released
  • New IP game announcement
  • Galactic Civilizations III release
  • New IP game announcement

The nature of the team ups

From a game development point of view, the development, art, sound, music and design teams that were involved in Civilization, Civilization III, Civilization IV, Civilization V, Age of Empires series, Galactic Civilizations series, Sins of a Solar Empire series and more are all able to collaborate, support each other on everything from code review, design suggestions, gameplay feedback, art direction, etc.  

The next few years are going to be an amazing time to be a gamer!

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September 12, 2014 10:16:49 AM from Offworld Trading Company Forums Offworld Trading Company Forums

Quoting Cyclone_Jack,


Quoting jirkaesch,
Definitely. And the "4X 4X" is a typo I think



It could just be the most meta 4X ever conceived...like a 4X inside of a 4X.

Keanu: Woah...

It's a space 4x, like GalCiv, but when you want to take over a planet, you have to play an entire land-based 4x game.

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September 12, 2014 12:33:31 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

BonusXP made Age of Empires, the second greatest strategy game of all time.  I'm drooling too HugeGod.

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September 13, 2014 10:03:18 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Armored Core 6, the space empire version.

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September 21, 2014 3:07:49 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Just stumbled across this on the Steam forums:

One interesting side note that you are probably noticing:

Soren Johnson (designer of Civ IV) and Dorian Newcomb (lead artist on Civ IV - I think, might have been Civ V) are working with Stardock at a new studio called Mohawk and have been helping us.

At the same time, Jon Shafer (designer of Civ V) worked on the initial GalCiv III design and is now working on a cool new game called "Act the Gates" and many of the Civ V leads are working with us at Oxide and in Baltimore and have been helping out with are and visual features in our games as well. So there's probably quite a bit of influence.

And to make matters even more interesting, the Baltimore team plays board games with Brian Reynolds (Civilization III / Alpha Centauri).

We're all a very close knit group.

Any info you could share with us about this "Act the Gates"?

So Stardock is working on how many games? Six, seven?

  • Galactic Civilizations III
  • Offworld Trading Company
  • E2015
  • New Star Control
  • Act the Gates
  • Society?
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September 21, 2014 4:04:59 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting Rhonin_the_wizard,
Any info you could share with us about this "Act the Gates"?

Jon Shafer wrote a lot about "At the Gates" on his blog.

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September 29, 2014 11:43:50 AM from Little Tiny Frogs Forums Little Tiny Frogs Forums

I really hope it's a medieval RTS or something alike. Microsoft isn't giving us the Age 4. But this brought my hopes up for another similar game with a modern 3d map. Modern graphics. Good multiplayer. Tons of maps, rankings. A balanced game with 4-6 civs. And a badass announce trailer . A new e-sport hopefully. It would get so popular! Companies been trying to innovate too much and create games like AOEO where it's a mmorts which nobody wanted. Companies need to keep it simple. Hopefully this RTS game will be something we all been waiting for. I mean we all want medieval. For space stuff there's starcraft 2. No space, medieval/historical RTS game please! Or something new fantasy like warcraft RTS. But no space shipss. 

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