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Op Ed

Tiny Little Frogs - RTSís arenít dying. Theyíre waiting. By Stardock CEO Brad Wardell.
The third phase games can be broadly described by the technology under them: 64-bit memory, massively multithreaded. And these 3rd phase RTSs will be breathtakingly beautiful to look at, have amazing scope and micro AI (sophisticated rules for units interacting with one another without human involvement) that is astounding.

Publishers arenít approving these designs not because there isnít demand. There is. The problem is you canít make a game that only a fraction of the player base can currently play.

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2. Re: Op Ed Feb 7, 2013, 20:57 Orogogus
 
I don't know if I agree with Brad's analysis that next generation hardware is going to revolutionize the RTS genre, though. I feel like there's a lot that can be done with control, gameplay and scope without DirectX11 and all that jazz. You look at a game like FTL, which isn't pushing any kind of graphical envelope, but gets the job done fine.

I feel that even with fancy bells and whistles there's only room for so many variations on a theme (the Dune II/Starcraft RTS, the Relic squad-heavy RTS, the Total Annihilation/SupCom million unit RTS, etc.). Brad mentions innovative designs that cross his desk but can't be made with current tech, and it would be interesting to see what those are.
 
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