Slitherine Software at the moment introduced they’ve forged spells of cash and regulation that introduced the rights to Master Of Magic, Simtex’s basic fantasy 4X technique game, below their possession. They additionally made it clear that they’ve plans for it.
I’m greater than a bit of enthusiastic about this.
There’s no express phrase but on what kind the brand new game will take, however for those who translate horrible advertising phrases into human ones, the keenness expressed by Slitherine’s improvement director Iain McNeil is clear: “We are looking forward to working on this immensely popular franchise,” he stated within the announcement. “It will be a challenge, but we are happy to accept it and try our best to make a game that does justice to the brand”.
Master Of Magic isn’t “classic” within the sense that it was good 20 years in the past. It’s a bona fide excessive level of its style that has aged higher than simply about any technique game from the traditional mists of 1994. It’s impressed a number of descendants, together with Age of Wonders: Planetfall, which Nate reviewed this very afternoon, however none ever matched it for me. Even with its bugs and unhealthy AI, the sheer disdain it had for constraining the participant led to a splendidly unbalanced technique playground that I nonetheless boot up for a go each different 12 months.
Slitherine ought to be a protected pair of fingers for a remake or sequel or regardless of the ugly enterprise converse is for a brand new game this 12 months. Their in depth again catalogue of technique and wargames runs a large gamut, they usually don’t hesitate to say they’re releasing new Close Combat and Fantasy General games later this 12 months. Master Of Magic was within the authorized wilderness for many of its historical past till it acquired a GOG revival, and it strikes me that they know the way potent the identify is.
The full announcement can be read here. It’s far too early to say whether or not there’ll even be one thing for us to overview, however I’m definitely eager to see the place this leads.