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Brian Reynolds leaves Zynga

Discussion in 'News Updates' started by The_J, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Joystiq reports that Civilization 2 and Alpha Centauri Designer Brian Reynolds has left the browser games developer Zynga.
    Reynolds joined Zynga in 2009 and has been the responsible for the Facebook game FrontierVille.
    Reynolds hasn't given any comment yet about what he plans to do in the future, but I guess the Civ community might have some hopes, and we sure wish him all the best :).

    The Zynga image is from broowaha.com, released under the Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution.

    Thanks to our member Thander for reporting this news item :).
     
  2. ragan651

    ragan651 High Regent of Candlewick

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    Wonderful to hear. Now if we can just rescue Soren Johnson, all will be right again.
     
  3. MARDUK80

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  4. poom3619

    poom3619 Ping Pang Poom!

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    AC2, AC2, AC2 (Seriously, If I can decide, I would even offer him to do Brain Reynold's Alpha Centauri :lol:)
     
  5. Luckystrike77

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    It's on time he stops wasting his talents. He is needed in Grand Strategy development.
     
  6. Drawmeus

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    Before anyone gets too excited, remember that he was a guy who was excited to work on Zynga games. I don't think we're getting classic Alpha Centauri gameplay out of him; if you put him on that kind of project, you'd probably end up with a super casual disappointment instead.
     
  7. Civinator

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    This is great news indeed. (But don't get excited about AC2, that's tied up in IP rights hell with Satan Electronic Arts.)

    Reynolds was excited to join Zynga because he genuinely believed that mobile-social-freemium was the future of gaming. That actually was a reasonable prediction in 2009, and it's also reasonable for that opinion to fall by the wayside now.
     
  9. Frimlin

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    Brian, how about Alpha Centauri II (or a game very much like it but named differently) created as a Kickstarter program?

    Just putting it out there in case he reads this. :)
     
  10. dojoboy

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    Agreed.
     
  11. Thander

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    That's true, but he could create the spiritual successor. It doesn't have to be called AC2 you know.
     
  12. Drawmeus

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    Zynga is (not surprisingly) imploding. Reynolds' departure does not mean that his philosophy is changing again. And even if it is, there's no reason to think it's changing back towards Civ 2/AC.

    It'd be nice if he did make another grand strategy game, of course!
     
  13. Pitboss

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    I'ld love that, where can I contribute? :)
     
  14. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    This is hardly relevant enough to CFC to warrant its own announcement. It is good he finally got tired of "designing" copy paste slot machine-like games though.
     
  15. SouljahAtWar

    SouljahAtWar Wasteland Souljah

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    Zynga was a terrible money-grabbing company anyways... like EA.
    Only they make crappy Facebook games. You'll have to pay money to actually succeed in their games. Horrible concept indeed.
     
  16. Dale

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    A chunk of the Civ team leave Firaxis in December........ Reynolds leaves Zynga in January.

    Just two pieces of recent news.
     
  17. Selous

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    one of the grandadies of the civ francise, i am interested in the professional moves that these guys make, and easy to see that i am not the only one

    first thought was i hope he makes another AC, or another civ style game
     
  18. Maniacal

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    Him leaving Zynga still has nothing to do with Civilization to warrent its own announcement.
     
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    It appears he has now (http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/01/brian-reynolds-on-zynga-games-and-the-future/) - emphasis is mine :

    So, strategy games in tablets/phones it is. All in all it seems promising (if only 75% of that interview wasn't Reynolds praising Zynga, :crazyeye: and he hadn't made that remark about "free-to-play" games, which may lead to too light/too casual strategy games for the tastes of most of us)
     
  20. Selous

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    i guess AC2 is right out then ...
     

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