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#1 ooda

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 02:14 PM

It's now official. Firaxis now owns the rights to X-COM. The news was announced by Julian Gollop on the Laser Squad Nemesis forums. A quote from the message by Julian:

"... At the table with Jeremy Cook was Bob Welch from Infogrames. He asked me what I had to do with X-Com. He then confirmed that they are selling the X-Com rights to Firaxis. So Sid Meier, the guy who largely inspired us to create X-Com, may end up doing an X-Com game. Bob Welch suggested that I should contact Firaxis and talk to them about it. Maybe we should license the LSN game engine to them? That would be funny."


So looks like if all goes well, Sid Meier will be developing X-COM. We'll see in October, when an announcement on Firaxis's new game is to be made.

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Julian Gollop's Post on the Laser Squad Nemesis Forum.
Gamespy Interview with Sid Meier, tells a bit about the possibility of a new X-COM.

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 02:19 PM

Granted, we're excited at even the remote possibility of a new X-COM game, particularly in the hands of Sid the Great.  However, I think the consensus is that he'll probably not start with X-COM since there are so many of his own games he might want to tinker with.  Still, as I said, it's so much more hope than we've had in a long time, I can't blame anyone for latching onto it.   :)
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Posted 04 September 2002 - 03:53 PM

That's pretty cool.

The only downside is that if they decide to make a game we'll have to wait for them to finish. And waiting sucks. :)

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 04:08 PM

So far, the world has waited for 8 years for a sequel trully worthy of UFO: Enemy Unknown.

Apoc would have been that game, sadly, its only about 60% finished, if that. Truly sad.
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Posted 04 September 2002 - 05:36 PM

Score finally I get another X-com agme.   :)
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Posted 04 September 2002 - 06:01 PM

He, Apocalypse [I]is[I] that game, it's great, I enjoyed it for a very long time and if the next game would be like Apocalypse I am happy.

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 08:09 PM

Huh. I was searching around last night and found this guy on the Infogrames page saying :

"I decided to do a little investigating. Soon after I began, I recieved hard confirmation that Firaxis did not acquire the X-COM license. Still, I decided to investigate further. I found the truth about the whole situation. Someone who works for Mythos gave further confirmation that Firaxis does not have the X-COM license. He did this in a way no one else did. Apparently Firaxis did try to buy the license. Mythos (or some other company) is currently or will be working on another X-COM title though, so Firaxis didn't not get that license. So, you are probably thinking we are back to square one - far from it. "

But then again, that post was from July, and you ALWAYS deny that you're working on a deal when you're working on a deal, or you'll jinx the whole thing, so this doesn't suprise me. Firaxis has an awesome track record, so hopefully something will come of all this.

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 08:39 PM

Yup. That's an oldie. The post over at Gamespy says otherwise and that was from August :) The chaps even chatted to Sid by the looks of things, so they've got the license...
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Posted 04 September 2002 - 10:23 PM

Nice... a new x-com game.  Something ive always wanted.  And good things come to those whom wait:  Wait we have, and now its in the hands of the legendary sid meier!  Good stuff came, indeed!  Party time!
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Posted 05 September 2002 - 01:13 AM

X-Com Apocalypse ruled. TFTD was *just* (just) different enough to be worth while (plus you could open doors  :inlove: ), but imagine UFO with a tech tree the size of a Civ game!  :inlove:  :inlove:  :inlove:  :)
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Posted 05 September 2002 - 01:45 AM

I can imagine it... I imagine that everyone here would drop off the face of the Earth, never to be heard from again as they stare passionately at their monitors and click away. :)

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Posted 05 September 2002 - 03:02 AM

Cutedge, on Sep 4 2002, 09:45 PM, said:

I can imagine it... I imagine that everyone here would drop off the face of the Earth, never to be heard from again as they stare passionately at their monitors and click away. :)
Ah, yes, its been so long since ive experienced that kind of feeling:inlove: ... so long its ridiculous... some of the games that did this for me were x-com (duh), chrono trigger (so i play consoles.  Please, lets not degrade to console vs PC wars now), mario 64 (hey, it was cool back then), so many other SNES games (i was new to 'next-gen gaming' back then, up til that point it was just the ol' NES), and maybe a few genesis ones.

Ok, for PC, there would be C&C (its kinda lame now, but red alert was AWESOME back then), warcraft2, civilization 2 (3 wasgood, and an improvement, but it didnt make me 'fall off the earth' like 2), the simcity games, and more that i cant remember.  Happened a lot back then...  not many of those games happened within the last few years!  

Over the past few years, the only games i can honestly say did that were homeworld, baldurs gate (1 AND 2), system shock 2, and a couple others i forget.  There were those that were close, but had flaws that prevented it from achieving said status (ex:  Deus ex:  You spent more time at the loading screen than playing the game.  Not from long loading, but from dieing so DAMN OFTEN!!!!  Dont get me wrong, it was good and all.  Just not 'fall off earth' worthy)
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Posted 05 September 2002 - 05:00 AM

There's nothing wrong with consoles. Me and a friend spent an entire summer playing Chrono Trigger.

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Posted 07 September 2002 - 12:50 AM

Cutedge, on Sep 4 2002, 09:09 PM, said:

Huh. I was searching around last night and found this guy on the Infogrames page saying :

"I decided to do a little investigating. Soon after I began, I recieved hard confirmation that Firaxis did not acquire the X-COM license. Still, I decided to investigate further. I found the truth about the whole situation. Someone who works for Mythos gave further confirmation that Firaxis does not have the X-COM license. He did this in a way no one else did. Apparently Firaxis did try to buy the license. Mythos (or some other company) is currently or will be working on another X-COM title though, so Firaxis didn't not get that license. So, you are probably thinking we are back to square one - far from it. "

But then again, that post was from July, and you ALWAYS deny that you're working on a deal when you're working on a deal, or you'll jinx the whole thing, so this doesn't suprise me. Firaxis has an awesome track record, so hopefully something will come of all this.
Well I posted that.  I was wrong about Firaxis not having the license.  I was being fed semi-false information.  You see, I know far more about Sid Meier games than most people.  I have every one of his games.  I worked at Sidgames.com for a long time until that site went down.

At the end of the Spring it was learned Firaxis was looking for 3D programmers.  During this time, some hints about Alpha Centauri II were made.  This made me and a few others believe that SMAC2 was this 3D game.  It is know known that it is only a possible expansion pack for Civ3.  It wasn't until it was learned they were using the NetImmerse engine that I realized that was just a ploy.  Then I came out with the X-COM theory.  Days later Sid talked about making a Pirates! or Might and Magic game.  Those too were just misinformation.    

It is all but officially confirmed that Firaxis has the X-COM license and is making an X-COM game now.  I have discussed this with a few people but still no official announcement.  That isn't suppose to come out until October.

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Posted 07 September 2002 - 02:53 PM

Apoc, on Sep 7 2002, 01:50 AM, said:

It is all but officially confirmed that Firaxis has the X-COM license and is making an X-COM game now.  I have discussed this with a few people but still no official announcement.  That isn't suppose to come out until October.
Holy crap, I just creamed myself.

I guess we should start arguing now about what genre it will be? All those for a counter-strike version of X-Com....please proceed offf the nearest cliff
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Posted 07 September 2002 - 03:41 PM

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It is all but officially confirmed that Firaxis has the X-COM license and is making an X-COM game now. I have discussed this with a few people but still no official announcement. That isn't suppose to come out until October.

well... i'll wait till the official official announcement before i rejoice, just to awkward. :)

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*growls* don't dis counterstrike!  :hmmm:

(thus the war commences)

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i'll just be happy with thatever comes my way, as long as it isn't dumbed down like enforcer.
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Posted 07 September 2002 - 06:58 PM

Enforcer? Jeez! That was well solid man! That was so mind-bendingly difficult I almost cried myself to sleep  :)

Nah, really a fun game in it's own way. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I appreciate what Martin and the team DID do with it as opposed to how they COULD have done it so much worse. I really quite enjoyed it.

Anywho, I think I'll go with Alan on this one and wait for Sid to speak :)
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Posted 07 September 2002 - 08:19 PM

Well there is still a very real chance Firaxis is not making this game.  They do have the NetImmerse engine which means they are making some third person game with RPG elements.

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Posted 07 September 2002 - 10:06 PM

It's still too early for this, but I'll say it anyway:

Woo-hoo!   :)

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Posted 08 September 2002 - 03:55 AM

I'd Suggest That everybody email firaxis and show your support for developing a new X-com game. I sent them an email already. I am also going to get all my friends to do an email as well. Am also going to tell my gaming clan and my EQ guild members. I know many people that have been praying for a new (decent original style) X-Com game since the windows port version came out in 1999.




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