World of Tanks dev acquires Total Annihilation, Master of Orion franchises

Wargaming acquires strategy game franchises from Atari to give both "new lease of life"; company also opens office in Austin, Texas.

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Wargaming, the Russian publisher/developer behind World of Tanks, announced today that it had acquired the rights to strategy game franchises Total Annihilation and Master of Orion.

Both franchises were purchased as part of the Atari IP auction that came to a close last month.

"Total Annihilation and Master of Orion are strategy game classics," Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi said in a statement. "Although it's too soon to disclose any details, we are more than willing to give a new lease of life to these games most of us grew up playing. It's exactly where our major focus will be."

The company also recently acquired Gas Powered Games, led by Chris Taylor, one of the original designers on the first Total Annihilation.

Wargaming also announced today that it had opened a new office in Austin, Texas. The studio will be home to Wargaming's producing center, central technology, and global business intelligence groups. Overall, the office was established to "streamline communication between its teams and global studios."

Wargaming's latest project is World of Tanks for the Xbox 360. The free-to-play game is currently in beta with a full release expected later this summer.

Discussion

66 comments
ecs33
ecs33

Total Annihilation was an incredible game for its time. 

starfish75
starfish75

I really liked supreme commander 2, another gas powered game. It's a great strategy game with free flow physics. It was let down by its paper rock scissors system.If you have a good physics engine you don't need paper rock scissors. It will exist automatically.I hope the bare this in mind when they make new Orion games which will undoubtably lift the physics system from 4x games like star ruler

ledi
ledi

Russian? Don't you mean Belarusian?

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I hope its not Total Annihilation F2P

Signifiedsix
Signifiedsix

I wouldn't even bother with Total annihilation if they made it. I have my eyes set on planetary annihilation. Its got one of the guys who made TA backing it.

http://www.uberent.com/pa/

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Good news.  Glad to see someone wants to do justice to MOO.

Now if we can convince someone to do a proper sequel to Master of Magic...

Hurvl
Hurvl

There's plenty of T&A in other games, so I hope TA will just be about total annihilation.

jackrg
jackrg

please don't make master of orion an mmo make it a offline with multiplayer optional game .

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

AGGHHH!!! Today is a HAPPY! HAPPY! Day!

Total Annihilation and Master Of Orion! Oh yeeaaa! Full bodied and meaty like Beef Jerky.

blutosan
blutosan

I've been waiting 15 years for Total Annihilation 2.  (TA:Kingdoms doesn't count as a true sequel)

Andy1945
Andy1945

Im slightly jizzing in my underwear, of the thought of a new Total Annihilation game.

RRouland
RRouland

The success of CIV 5 shows what can happen when a turn-based strategy game is done right.  I'm hoping beyond hope for a MOO remake that returns to the roots of the original.

pyro1245
pyro1245

Woo lets see another TA. That game got me into strategy games.

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

God don't make a Master of Orion F2P crap... I don't want to develop hard technology while others just buy it with real money. Please just make a 60 Dollar game done right.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Oh good I can look forward to seeing some freaky zombie F2P version of games I loved as a younger man now with P2W elements in them too... sigh

hadlee73
hadlee73

Unfortunately the only thing that pops into my head when I see "World of Tanks" is "stop fekking up my Youtube experience".

jack00
jack00

Never played TA but had a good time with Supreme Commander (while it lasted, never I have played an mp game who was so tedious to get online and in a match). I'd be on board if they can make another TA or SC.

derceto
derceto

Read this a couple weeks back, and now I am reminded that MoO will never get proper handling.  Sad day.  Of all the devs to buy this thing..... it had to be these guys.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

World of Mass Marketing Campaigns .

Krauklis
Krauklis

TA is one of the best games ever, but after what gas powered games did to SupCom with the 2nd part I have no trust in them. 

sidzero
sidzero

I'm down for a new Masters of Orion.

McGregor
McGregor

Is the Supreme Commander series under the Total A license? If not, then I guess we'll get some competition!

Maize84
Maize84

I have a nagging feeling that next monday there will be "master of orion reboot, xbox1 exclusive"

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Master of Orion, now there is a game i haven't heard in a while.  I use to hammer the first MOO when i was younger.  Thought it was brilliant.  Hope they do it justice (and no i didn't play any of the sequels!)

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

Like if you enjoyed Total Annihilation Kingdoms.

PeterMiller
PeterMiller

great, make more good games by acquring these companies and rights now.

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blackothh
blackothh

I enjoyed their Massive Assault games, so I know that they know what they are doing with turn based strategy. But as far as real time goes, I hope they dont fowl it up.

Planetary Annihilation is almost done, and thats from some of the original people that did Total Annihilation. So this could possibly be double excitement.

And there are alot of people that dont like WoT but honestly its the best execution of FTP ive seen. Nothing about it is "pay to win", the only thing you get for $ is more xp and credits IF you do win.

Riddick123
Riddick123

Supreme Commander was pretty much a sequel to Total Annihilation.  Not directly though.  Same guy designed both.  Loved both games.  If they do some FFP / Microtransaction for TA....I'll pass.

innominatus2
innominatus2

I would love the return of Master of Orion. I loved MOO 1 and MOO 2 .

MOO 3 is is just a taint on serie's name.

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

Hopefully they don't approach these with a free to play/pay to win business model.  Neither franchises suit themselves well to that style.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Would be interesting to see if Chris can compete with Planetary Annihilation, him vs his old partners. In the more the more RTS from both those guys the better.

Also Battlezone was picked up by Rebellion in the same Atari sale, Stardock bought Star Control, good news all around.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@RRouland Let's hope they don't milk the MOO cow, but gives fans what they want.

f_monster
f_monster

@DarckArchon Wargaming has a good track record with strong strategy titles that are not online F2P games. Not sure of how MOO would be, but TA is right up their alley.

blutosan
blutosan

@jack00 I played them both.  TA actually had stable 8 player online play that was easy to set up via the Total Entertainment Network ("TEN").  TA had more units than SC and generally had much faster games unless the map was enormous.  Overall, TA was a better game than SC which makes me think that Chris Taylor is no longer capable of making a good TA sequel by himself.  But maybe he won't be completely in charge...we can hope.

twocents2ya
twocents2ya

@jack00 If you liked SC you can play it at Forged Alliance Forever.  It is a fantastic service and it has a very active community.  I play it constantly.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@McGregor 

Square Enix bought the rights for SupCom since they published SupCom 2, if I'm not mistaken.  

Total Annihilation already has competition in the form of Planetary Annihilation. 

Dudeman315
Dudeman315

@Darkreaper_1 Master of Orion 3 may have been my biggest disappointment in gaming pre-xbox one.  Hopefully they do it right, like the first two games.


blackothh
blackothh

@Riddick123 Supreme commander 2 was nowhere near as good as TA or Supcom 1 were tho. 

Im excited for Planetary Annihilation thats in alpha right now.

oflow
oflow

Agreed. I'll play Planetary Annihilation its looking to be  the next genuine successor.  Wargaming.net will turn the game into a microtransaction grindfest.

McGregor
McGregor

@MAD_AI Battlezone was a good game. Ahead of its time really.

Unholy123
Unholy123

@Johnny-Sniper Lawl WoT isn't devoid of Pay 2 Win elements even the devs have admitted that why can't you?

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Dudeman315 @Darkreaper_1 Listen to this guy. He knows what he's talking about on MOO3.  MOO2 was good.  Not a lot of these types of games but they still make similar ones like Endless Space and I think Stardrive is that type.  Sins of a Solar Empire is sort of like it if you make it realtime instead of turn based.  Sword of the Stars goes in this category as well but the 2nd one was a stinker.  Also never cared for Galactice Civ 2, but 1 was okay. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

@blackothh @Riddick123 SP2 was an atrocity.  Thankfully I read reader reviews and watched youtube videos before I considered buying it.  Different developer took over that franchise as well.

Johnny-Sniper
Johnny-Sniper

@Unholy123 

When did I mention stats? I merely stated the number of battles I've played to give perspective. Never did I make any mention of any meaningful stats like win rate so I fail to understand your comment.

Also please link me to this so called admission by the devs saying they have P2W.

Also if you do find such an admission check the date to make sure its after the changes they made to remove P2W.

Unholy123
Unholy123

@Johnny-Sniper Heh how nice for you doesn't change reality it has P2W element in it.


Even the devs have pointed out they have it why you seem to be willfully ignorant of it is beyond me.


*Edit* Also why do you WoT guys always throw stats around like ANYONE else cares how much your invested in being good@internet tanks

Johnny-Sniper
Johnny-Sniper

@Unholy123 @Johnny-Sniper 

Because after 13k battles I can safely say that there is no element in the game availible for real $ only that gives someone any adavantage over me.