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The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by ScottP » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:09 pm

The Slitherine Group, world leaders in development and publishing of strategy games, and Ageod, Developer and Publisher of many strategy blockbusters are joining forces. This means that Slitherine, Matrix and Ageod, the three major players in the digital strategy and wargaming market, are now merged. The Group’s aim is to continue to expand this increasingly vibrant niche sector, not only through the variety and number of releases, but also by taking its titles to the new platforms on offer.

Throughout 2012 the Slitherine Group released 30 titles on a range of platforms including PC, MAC, PS3, X360 and the new tablet platforms. The Group has achieved double digit growth in turnover and has hit the strategy games headlines with a number of very important launches, such as Battle Academy on iPad, Commander- The Great War and Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog for PC. This move is the next milestone for the group, which since its merger with Matrix Games in 2010 has undoubtedly become the world leaders in the strategy games market. The merger with Ageod will further consolidate this position.

"We always keep an eye on opportunities to improve and increase our reach to real gamers", said JD McNeil, Chairman of the Slitherine Group. "Ageod’s core values have always been close to our own and this merger just seemed such a natural step for us all. Together the three companies in the Group are much stronger, we are now able to share resources, ideas and plans for the new generation of titles that our audience is crying out for. I am sure our fans will be just as excited by this news as we are".

The new Ageod will have the primary task of developing the AGE engine and expanding its capabilities to embrace new opportunities, not only in terms of the number and quality of releases, but also in respect of the platforms we will be working on.

"Ageod has a large community of loyal fans and we have continued to expand this over the years by making our players a part of the development process", said Philippe Thibaut, co-founder of Ageod. "With the Slitherine Group we now have access to secure funding and an even bigger community of strategy gamers, so we will be able to create bigger and better games, on a variety of platforms".

AGEOD will continue to operate its current forums and sell its catalogue of games from its existing website. In future it will also utilize the Group’s standard copy protection methods and e-commerce systems operated by Plimus. This will also enable customers to purchase a full boxed version of their favorite titles direct from the site.
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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by Pocus » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:15 pm

AGEOD, Matrix and Slitherine merged! - A message to the players

Dear players,
Christmas is always a season full of gifts and surprises, plus there is this story about a newborn child, right? As such, we are pleased to announce two big news to you!

AGEOD has been reborn! The new AGEOD consists of the existing team (Philippe Thibaut aka PhilThib, Philippe Malacher aka Pocus, Fernando Turi aka Generalisimo and Gilles Pfeiffer aka the Dark Pepper), and is merging with Slitherine and Matrix!

Yes, you heard it, we have managed to form this triangle of wargaming expertise. Each entity will maintain its own identity, with the specific touch of each studio staying as the directing line for their new games. Basically it means that the AGEOD team will work on the AGE Engine, as before (one more turn syndrome? yes please!).

What does it changes for you? Only for the best. The AGEOD Forum stays the same, you can still buy our games at our webshop. You are still encouraged to mod our games, or even contact us if you think a project of yours would be a great game project. But there is more, with Matrix now a partner, we will be able to supply a full boxed copy of all our games. With the additional resources that the merger provides we have over 250 years of experience developing strategy games. This will allow us to share knowledge and technology to go on creating great games. In future the plan is to incorporate the Matrix system to allow unlimited downloads and installs as often as you like

Oh, I almost forgot something that might be of interest to you. Our next game, due in 2013 is Ageod American Civil War 2. I'm sure you'll want to know more about it, so don't hesitate to fire your questions. Smoothbore or rifled, as you prefer
AGEOD Team - Makers of Empires, ACW2, WON, EAW, PON, AJE, RUS, ROP, WIA.

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by anguille » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:59 pm

I think its good news, especially for AGEOD and everyone who enjoy their games. Its something i wished since they joined PARADOX, this combination makes more sense. I just regret that during these last years, SLITHERINE hasn't been working on its strategy games (nothing since gates of troy). A solution would be to also consider to include MAGITECH, the guys behind the fantastic TAKEDA games which are similar to LEGION. Another reason is that they are working on strategy games for ipads and iphone - so they can work on pc and Mac products.

Cheers

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by MrsWargamer » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:44 pm

Hehehe

I recall when Slitherine and Matrix Games merged, and so many were saying 'what will Slitherine do for Matrix Games?' as if it was Matrix Games doing them a favour :)

I am sure plenty will think that same sort of way again.

But I personally think Slitherine is the muscle in this gang. But there is strength in numbers. Now I wonder if we can get the numbskulls of Battlefront.com to realize they could do better joining this party. I've personally walked away from a few of their games I'd be ok with buying if they were on sale here and sold the way games here are sold, ie not with that method they use there.

I doubt John Tiller would be interested. He recently decided to go his own way. And his way is also spelled 'no way' in my dictionary. I know he's released a few titles I might have liked, but through his method, well sorry John, I'll pass.

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by flyffdzd » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:04 am

The new Ageod will have the primary task of developing the AGE engine and expanding its capabilities to embrace new opportunities, not only in terms of the number and quality of releases, but also in respect of the platforms we will be working on.

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by malthaussen » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:58 am

Kind of been expecting this. It makes a lot of sense. Maybe at some point we can look forward to a cool Punic Wars game that actually addresses naval combat.

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by robman » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:39 pm

malthaussen wrote:Kind of been expecting this. It makes a lot of sense. Maybe at some point we can look forward to a cool Punic Wars game that actually addresses naval combat.

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by Old_Warrior » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:42 pm

I would love to see an ancients naval war game having played Trireme years ago.

Glad to see the merger and now Iain, JD and Pip will be busier than ever!

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by ericdoman1 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:03 pm

Old Warrior, agreed about ancients naval game.

It would give numerous options in Campaign games, as well as fictional and hsitorical scenarios.

I guess it is all based on demand though?

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by GrudgeBringer » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:19 pm

I played Ageod American Civil War and it was an interesting game and worth the money. I would guess the new 2 vesion will kill some of the bugs so I can't win the was as the rebs in 14 moves. It really is a good game..very deep, not like FOG at all...but interesting.

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Re: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces

Post by GrudgeBringer » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:22 pm

AS i said..iF Agead sticks to its tried and true format...it won't be at all like fog. Armies fight in stacks auto...but it isn't that bad as the strategy is so broad based, sometimes your glad you don't have to fight each battle. :wink:

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