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Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:35 pm
by AlbertoC
In a continuous bid to update and modernize popular strategy IPs and bringing them to the 21st century, Slitherine has acquired the full publishing rights to the Master of Magic franchise from Atari.

This is one of the most recognizable names in videogames history. It’s one of the key pillars of turn-based strategy gaming and it has created a genre of its own that is still alive and thriving today.

Master of Magic first released on MS-DOS twenty-five years ago in 1994 and it quickly became one of the most cherished games of its genre with its infinite replayability and the sheer number of customisation options it gave to the players.

“We are looking forward to working on this immensely popular franchise”, said Iain McNeil development director at Slitherine. “We know there is a high level of responsibility when we try and develop sequels or successors to popular IPs. We have proven it is possible to fulfil players expectations with the likes of Panzer Corps when it comes to work on these legendary products”.

Sequels to Close Combat and Fantasy General, both coming this year, are also a testament of Slitherine’s ongoing mission in this space.

“The foundations of what we play today are still traced back to that golden age of gaming. We cannot ignore that, like we cannot ignore that technology has moved on with player’s expectations in other areas such as social integration, multiplayer, narration, ease-of-access and more. 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”.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:38 pm
by jimwinsor
MOM was one of my favorite games of all time! So this is exciting news indeed!!!

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:53 pm
by Pixel
Neat!

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:05 pm
by Cablenexus
Fantastic news. Can you please also try to acquire the rights for Warlords III: Reign of Heroes and Darklords Rising?

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:40 pm
by rbodleyscott
Great news!

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:24 pm
by PanzerCro
Great news ! No please remake/remaster or simply make sequel to Peoples General :D :)

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:40 pm
by 13obo
I've played so much MoM as a kid that I probably should've spend outside playing instead. Fortunately, I am an adult and married now, so don't care about trivial things such as socialising and developing anymore.

One request- please make a campaign!! Even something simple and similar to the Age of Wonders one would do just fine.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:49 pm
by Southern Hunter
I am old enough to remember MoM fondly. And several more recent 'knockoffs/homages' somewhat less fondly. And then we have AoW, doing all the same things rather better. Hopefully something interesting can be done with the franchise.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:53 pm
by DeathMutant
Cablenexus wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:05 pm
Fantastic news. Can you please also try to acquire the rights for Warlords III: Reign of Heroes and Darklords Rising?
I would LOVE to see some old Strategic Studies Group (SSG) and Steve Fawkner titles re-visited and updated for modern gamers and technology.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:38 pm
by CustodianV131
Still play Master of Magic for a bit every year. So you might say I'm somewhat interested to see what you're going to do with it!

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:05 pm
by DiscoJer
Any news on which developer will be doing it?

And it would be amazing to see both a sequel and a modern remaster of the original game. Some remasters (maybe most) aren't great, but the Bard's Tales ones were very well done (okay different, genre, but also a classic game)

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:28 pm
by Parallax
Congratulations. Very interesting title

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:53 am
by guanotwozero
Oh Good! I'd love to see a version which has updated graphics but otherwise identical to the original. OK... as well as an up-to-date adaptation. Suggest new game allows such a choice.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:25 am
by Adraeth
Master of Magic map, spells and ..... battles just like Field of Glory 2?
Sold out! :D

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:20 pm
by guanotwozero
Adraeth wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:25 am
Master of Magic map, spells and ..... battles just like Field of Glory 2?
Sold out! :D
Great Idea!

Request that Byzantine Games starts work on unit models for lizardmen halberdiers, hellhounds, air ships, etc. forthwith. :D

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:55 am
by gerbercage
Although paradox and slitherine both focus on strategy tactical game but I like slitherine title more than paradox.
Maybe because slitherine got deeper gameplay compare to paradox.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:30 am
by 13obo
Paradox games have a wider audience and thus their games tend to be simpler. I also like Slitherine games more but the reality is Paradox makes a lot more money...

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:01 pm
by terminator
13obo wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:30 am
Paradox games have a wider audience and thus their games tend to be simpler. I also like Slitherine games more but the reality is Paradox makes a lot more money...
How you know all this ?

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:09 pm
by 13obo
Just look at the amount of reviews on Steam- EU4 has 40k, PzC has... 1k.

Re: Slitherine acquires the Master of Magic franchise

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:50 pm
by bjgrt
My expectations are quite low. Than I hear "Slitherine" I think "casualized gaming", and casualizing will kill the MoM. Happy to be wrong in this case.