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Atari Sells Civilization Franchise!

Discussion in 'Civ3 - General Discussions' started by Jon Shafer, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. bluebox

    bluebox King

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    Is there any relation of this news (the sale of the franchise) and the news a couple of days ago about job opportunities at firaxis? Isn't it pretty obvious firaxis is hiring staff to produce Civ4?
     
  2. MikeH

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    And if you buy ten bottles, they fix the submarine bug.
     
  3. Jaybe

    Jaybe civus fanaticus Supporter

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    Oh, Please, gagh me with a spoon! After what BHG did with Rise of Nations, you are honoring them WAY too much. RoN is a pretty, but shallow game, despite all the layers added to it. Brian's glory is in the past, he's a "HAS been!"
     
  4. Jon Shafer

    Jon Shafer Civilization 5 Designer

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    It's hiring staff to develop Civ 4. ;) An expert scenario maker would have nothing to do with publishing the game. They'll obviously still develop it, the question is whether or not they'll OWN it.
     
  5. Rhye

    Rhye 's and Fall creator

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    I really hope EA isn't the buyer.
    Remember what they've done to Origin.
     
  6. JimMac99

    JimMac99 Warlord

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    Further to Bluebox's point that Firaxis are hiring staff to work on Civ 4, I have to wonder why now?

    Is it not possible that the new owner has said to Firaxis something like "Good job so far, but get it finished by Easter!" :p
    Therefore the need to hire new staff.

    If there has been a new shorter timetable imposed on Firaxis,it is likely to lead to trouble!
     
  7. CiverDan

    CiverDan Warlord

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    A few people here are concerned about a company buying it to "shut it down." I do not see that as there is no question the Civilization is the King of the genre. If you attempt to do that, even if u have a product you believe is competing, you would have a difficult time making your money back due to the high price you had to pay to aquire the rights to the more successful product.

    This type of action generally occurs when a producer of a successful product sees an up-and-coming product and "buys it up" to avoid competition. That simply doesn't make sense here.

    My greater concern is that they will push the timeable up for firaxis too much, though late fall is an ideal lauch time for new games.
     
  8. Loppan Torkel

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    One could hope it's Firaxis, if not - they could make it like a Call to Power game. But there has to be somesort of deal that gives them the right to produce civ4 even if the publishing rights get sold. Killing the project to let someoneelse, like a Microsoft team, develop it, isn't a nice scenario.
     
  9. player1 fanatic

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    Activision is not good.
    That ruined CtP franchise by worst patch support I ever seen.
     
  10. sir_schwick

    sir_schwick Archbishop of Towels

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    RoN is the most innovative thing I have seen done with RTS in a long time. Of course RoN is not going ot be SMAC, but its a different genre.
     
  11. Kilroy

    Kilroy Bitter.

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    Well, that's assuming this new buyer wants Firaxis to make the next Civ game. It's possible they don't, and they might even have the right idea.
     
  12. player1 fanatic

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    And why would someone spend 25$ to destroy franchise?

    Especialy since there is no other game with similar concepts that could feel threatened.
     
  13. Xarin

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    Considering that Hasbro is still publicly traded, that article is clearly wrong. They might have bought Atari *from* Hasbro though, which would make sense since I thought Hasbro owned Atari. :p
     
  14. Xarin

    Xarin Mr. Peanut

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    I suppose it's too much to hope that it was bought by Blizzard? Good multiplayer support on free game servers and indefinite patches/support until they're satisfied with their final product? I might have to faint if that happened.
     
  15. Doc Tsiolkovski

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    Hasbro sold their entire PC game branch, after desastrous results: they took over a number of smaller, but famous companies a few years ago, like Microprose or SSI, and managed to publish almost exclusively unfinished BS.
     
  16. MikeH

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    Quite right Doc. Us old wargamers are still shuddering at what they did to AH's Squad Leader.
     
  17. Doc Tsiolkovski

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    ...or Panzergeneral :rolleyes:.
     
  18. Commissar_Yari

    Commissar_Yari Chieftain

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    ...or X-COM :(.
     
  19. Ulyaoth

    Ulyaoth Emperor

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    If Microsoft buys it, it'll be forced into an Xbox game where anything challenging will be thrown away so the console zombies can play it. No more civil unrest, no more corruption, every square makes five food and shields, etc..
     
  20. Jon Shafer

    Jon Shafer Civilization 5 Designer

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    With well over a year of work already poured into the project and a good formula for success, I really don't see Firaxis losing its development role, no matter who buys it. Maybe for Civ 5, but definitely not for 4.
     

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