CDV, Digital Reality Whiz-ing onto next-gen

Central European developers join forces to make strategy titles for next-gen consoles and new handhelds.

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In January, Electronic Arts revealed it is porting its PC real-time strategy game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II to the Xbox 360. In the wake of the announcement, many wondered how well the a strategy title would work on the console, given Microsoft's hesitancy about a fully functional keyboard peripheral for the console.

However, now other gamemakers are also seeing strategy and next-gen consoles as a good match. This week, German developer-publisher CDV Software Entertainment and Hungarian studio Digital Reality announced they are joining forces to form a new company, Whiz Software Kft, whose mission will be "creating top-tier strategy titles for next-generation consoles and handhelds." In a joint statement, the two companies said they expected the first Whiz release to ship in the fourth quarter of 2007.

"Whiz Software Kft will develop titles that will take advantage of the advanced features of next-generation consoles and handhelds," said CDV CEO Christoph Syring. He said the aim was to "raise the bar for strategy titles, an often overlooked genre on both platforms."

Arguably Germany's top PC developer, CDV is most famous in the US for its Codename: Panzers and Blitzkrieg RTSs. Digital Reality, maker of War Front: Turning Point, is largely unknown in North America.

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patjuan
patjuan

Strategy games on a console has been do before. Command and Conquer games were both on the Playstation and the N64. Starcraft was also developed for the N64. Furthermore, Nintendo had 4 strategy games on two consoles this generation, Napoleon for the GBA , Pikmin and Pikmin 2 and Battalion Wars for the Gamecube. This proves strategy games can be done but the game controllers limit the control of individual units. The following reviews provide an example of how the control scheme for RTS game worked on the Gamecubes' controller. Since the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers are similar in function to the Gamecubes' controller, The reviews also may provide an example of the game play. Battalion Wars review http://cube.ign.com/articles/650/650932p1.html Pikmin review http://cube.ign.com/articles/166/166510p1.html Pikmin 2 review http://cube.ign.com/articles/540/540864p1.html

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

yea they're perfect for the DS anyway

ConfuseRay
ConfuseRay

the only good strategy game out there is civilation 4

thefjk
thefjk

The NEXT GEN is here, ofcourse not fully loaded!

Blazer88
Blazer88

Quote "In the wake of the announcement, many wondered how well the a strategy title would work on the console, given Microsoft's hesitancy about a fully functional keyboard peripheral for the console. " Huh?You can play RTS's without a keyboeard just fine.Yeah you'd lack hot keys,...but so what,..they are still more then playable without them.....and then theres chatting,...but don't need a keyboard for that either since its being done with voice on consoles anyways. Anyhow,...I hope people support the genre this time around,..be nice to see some different games on consoles again.Both Comman and Conquer and Warcraft made apearences on PS1,...but since online play hadn't come to consoles yet maybe it was too early then.I owned though and thought they were still good games though and played fine without either a ketboard or a mouse. Oh ans so peeps know WoW plays just fine using only a controller too cause thats all I have ever played it with on my PC so it should make the traslation just fine should it ever make the jump

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Aliens versus Predator: Extinction and now this. EA is shocking me by trying something new. RTS on consoles rare indeed.

atari2600a
atari2600a

The Revolution won't support HD, so the standard resolution will likely be 640X480. Will that be enough for RTS games?

KarthikKane
KarthikKane

First, CDV never developed Codename Panzers, it's StormRegion who developed it. Second, Digital Reality is know for their sleeper hit Imperium Galactica 2. Third, this joint venture was announced way back in Spetember 2005 not last week. If Gamespot wants to be a reliable source they better get their fact right.

timinator18
timinator18

i dont know why this isnt on the ds alrerady.

Celeso
Celeso

yeah, estrategy games 4 next gen, and agree about blizzard joining these guys, but nevermind about WoW lets see some StarCraft that would be awesome

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Why arent there any RTS games on DS? this makes no sense to me considering the hardware is perfect for the genre.

Viquist
Viquist

Sounds great... bring on the stategy - and, ah, bring it to REV

OPOLO
OPOLO

RTS - yeah, bring them on

choas_era
choas_era

This is where it will be wise to start playing consoles, why, cause you don't have to spend the money to keep upgrading you PC, but then again, PC gaming is nice too. All I can say is its nice to know that next-gen of consoles have made the leap. Now lets see if the developers can make the magic happen. Why not, 360 has live. The best live broadcast for videogaming.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Blizzard: If strategy games are making the next-gen jump, just bite the bullet and port WoW. . .

ImaginaryFriend
ImaginaryFriend

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britboy68

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