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Chris Taylor Interview

There's a short Q&A with Chris Taylor on where they talk with the supreme commander at Gas Powered Games, asking seven questions about Supreme Commander 2, the upcoming RTS sequel. When asked if the game will suffer from compromises to accommodate consoles, Chris' answer suggests he thought he was being asked the opposite, as he explains how the console versions will not suffer due to compromises for the PC edition: "That was something we were very wary of from the start, and worked very hard not to let that happen. Consider this, a huge percentage of the UI was custom made for the 360, the engine was optimized for the multi-core architecture and we came up with quite a few console specific control scheme enhancements. We developed the idea of Strategic Mode and the Stretch Cursor all because of the need for better control on the console. And you won’t believe how intuitive and natural it is to use Paint Attack, the complimentary attack selection to Paint Select."

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15. Re: Chris Taylor Interview Feb 1, 2010, 11:26 Creston
Rigs wrote on Feb 1, 2010, 02:18:
Sorry, Creston, but I have to diverge from agreement here...I thought as you did. No way in freakin' hell an RTS will ever work on console. And that was true up until - Halo Wars. I'm sorry, but I thought that they did a pretty damn good job on it, considering the uphill battle they fought. I know that RTS's (and even FPS's - I can't play an FPS on a console with a controller if my life depended on it) are typically PC only in many minds, but HaloWars changed it for me. Have you played it? It might change yours too...

Of course, there's no way to tell if Mr. Taylor has taken anything from or has even played HaloWars. He'd be wise to, for SC2's sake...


Okay, Halo Wars was pretty good, or at least so I hear. It was also in NO WAY Supreme Commander. Supreme Commander's entire soul lies in its control scheme and its fantastic UI. (not GUI, UI)

Do you seriously think they can recreate all of that on a console and make it operable? I'm going to guess the odds of that are approximately 0%.

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