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AGEOD's New Game

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:26 pm
by PhilThib
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Hi All,

It’s time we give you a bit more information about the next AGE-engine game under preparation now… :)

But don’t dream, I won’t reveal the theme….now. Let’s just call it…[color="DarkRed"]AJE[/color] :D

My first move is to let you know about some of the key concepts and decisions that are behind it, and the team working on it.

The AJE game will handle a very wide variety of scenarios and a huge time period, and has a focus on AGEOD’s initial expertise about showing strategy, operational art of war and civil wars. That already hints a lot…
Then, the production focus and philosophy of the AJE project is both simple and ambitious. This is mostly due to the fact the team is not so large and that we can’t be part of it right now, as our focus is on NCP II.

AJE will be a core game, many packs, and DLCs (including poll-based ones)


[SIZE="5"][color="DarkRed"]Core Game[/color][/size]
The first release of the game will have only a few scenarios, fully tested, focusing on one aspect of the story that we are going to tell you. But, among these, there will be at least three long full GC scenarios… as we all know that a great number of people crave this!
Also, as all AGEOD games in the past, this AJE core game will be continuously and regularly patched, even after DLC and Expansion Packs releases.


[SIZE="5"][color="DarkRed"]DLCs[/color][/size]
Already planned from start too, (and the production of the first two is started), we will have DLCs very early after release, maybe 3 months too, and then also on a regular basis. The DLCs will be different from the Expansions Packs (see below), as they will be cheaper and have a bit less content, but will give a focus on a game aspect not yet covered by the main release or the packs.

In addition, the team desires that the DLCs can be opened to player’s suggestion and polling on a “what’s next” or “what’s interesting” basis.
They have selected already 5 different “themes” for the first 5 DLC’s, but more can be debated.


[SIZE="5"][color="DarkRed"]Packs[/color][/size]
Very soon after release (may be a quarter or so), and barring major issues or complete lack of success, the team will release their “Expansion Pack number #1” (Pack1). This Pack will be the first of a series of packs (at least 6 or 7 planned) that will be published regularly, of course only if the public is interested…If all goes well, you can get a new pack every 6-9 months…and these packs will be equivalent to almost a full new game.
Packs will require of course the ownership of the first original core game.

[SIZE="5"][color="DarkRed"]The Team[/color][/size]
The original team that created AJE is made of French-speakers: experience devs, gamers, historical researchers and artists. The lead artist has already worked on four of our past games; the other guys have our games and been excellent Beta team members in the past, in addition to dedicated modders…so they know their trade! But of course they are not hundreds of them, so it takes time...


[SIZE="5"][color="DarkRed"]Next Steps[/color][/size]
In a few weeks, most likely before end of March, we shall let you know what AJE is…. Maybe you’ll get leaks and hints even before that…but don’t ask me anymore…
Soon, a private beta will also start, as that will certainly help the team make the game better and provide more input and expertise into this project.


We are all sure you’ll love this game…so stay tuned.

Philippe Thibaut
:thumbsup:

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:37 pm
by Franciscus
Great news !

AJE ?? Japan ??? But civil wars ? Rome ?? :coeurs:

If you need help in beta testing, just ask ;)

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:40 pm
by Narwhal
Jutland ! Wooootttttt ?

:confused: not Jutland ?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:43 pm
by lugurmante
A huge time period and wide amount of scenarios sound as a superb game. But French-speakers? Is a hint? Hundred years war?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:54 pm
by Franciscus
Julius Caesar ?

Justinian ?? :D :wacko:

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:10 pm
by Carnium
Great news :thumbsup:
Another potential beta tester here if you need me :D
My guess is that the time period is BEFORE World War 2 and AFTER Philip II of the Macedon :D

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:11 pm
by PhilThib
Beta testing will be soon...and our vets won't be forgotten :thumbsup: :cool:

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:44 pm
by Hobbes
AGEOD's Jurassic Empire? Dinosaurs packing some serious hardware?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:08 pm
by Dixicrat
Carnium wrote:Great news :thumbsup:


+2!

Carnium wrote:My guess is that the time period is BEFORE World War 2 and AFTER Philip II of the Macedon :D


:mdr: Hey! I think you just might be onto something here, Carnium!! :w00t:

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:19 pm
by gchristie
[SIZE="4"]AGEod's Jah Enclave. Now you can be Marcus Garvey, leading your Rasta forces as you overthrow the evil minions of Babylon and restore the Pan-African Empire to its place of greatness.[/size]

Here is a taste of the in game sound track...enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhK8nTRucZI

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:51 pm
by Franciscus
gchristie wrote:[SIZE="4"]AGEod's Jah Enclave. Now you can be Marcus Garvey, leading your Rasta forces as you overthrow the evil minions of Babylon and restore the Pan-African Empire to its place of greatness.[/size]

Here is a taste of the in game sound track...enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhK8nTRucZI


:mdr:

And instead of War Supplies we will have GS (Ganja Supplies) :p

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:10 pm
by Franciscus
Returning to a more serious note... :love:

How will this game be released ? Will it be an independent release, via Ageod shop or will it be a Paradox distributed game ?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:13 pm
by Carnium
Franciscus wrote:
How will this game be released ? Will it be an independent release, via Ageod shop or will it be a Paradox distributed game ?


I fear/expect the second choice as AGEOD is now Paradox France :wacko:

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:55 pm
by Philippe
Perhaps I'm missing the point (very frequent these days), but so far my experiences with Gamersgate have been entirely positive, and if buying another Ageod game from them will give me enough blue coins to pay for the inevitable DLC, then I'm all in favor. Gamersgate versions seem entirely compatible with the patches that appear on this website, which I gather is not the case with Steam versions.

A game set after Philip II of Macedon but before WW 2 leaves the way open for some exciting possibilities, like the Chaco War or the campaigns of Simon Bolivar. It does, unfortunately, rule out the fifth century Persian Wars and the Peloponesian War. Perhaps we will all get excited when we learn that the new game covers the unification of China under the Chin dynasty? Or maybe the wars of the Three Kingdoms after the fall of the Han Empire?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:01 pm
by Franciscus
I have nothing against Gamersgate, on the contrary. :)

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:09 pm
by ashandresash
Wow, it seems a very serious investment you are doing in this game (4 years of releases) :thumbsup:

I think it's a Rome game, but I'm sold anyway. I love your games (maybe I arrived here a bit late, but I'm very pleased with RoP and AACW, and RUS) so I'll get this one.

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:42 pm
by PhilThib
Carnium wrote:I fear/expect the second choice as AGEOD is now Paradox France :wacko:


In all cases the game will be on AGEOD's webshop, don't worry :thumbsup: :cool:

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:44 pm
by De_Spinoza
This looks very promising. :)

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:20 am
by Baris
As long as there is no AAJE I'm ok ! :thumbsup: but is the J upside down ? or E? not really get the hint . :mdr:

Ageod forever

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:37 am
by Mirandasucre
:thumbsup:

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:45 am
by vaalen
Waiting to know more about this is torture.

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:46 am
by Hohenlohe
Will it be available thru retail shops because I have no longer a credit card since my paypal account was caught by an outsider thru a trojan virus...I am not amused about that but paypal repaid me all. Although I am not willing to pay alike that.I hope I can get it thru GG anyway short after release or as thru a retail store here in Munich...

greetings

Hohenlohe :coeurs:

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:45 am
by PhilThib
We plan to have a wire option, so you can use bank transfer as an alternative :cool:

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:18 pm
by Hohenlohe
Wonderful,thx Philippe... :love: :coeurs:

heartly greetings

Hohenlohe :coeurs:

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:35 pm
by vaalen
Hohenlohe wrote:Will it be available thru retail shops because I have no longer a credit card since my paypal account was caught by an outsider thru a trojan virus...I am not amused about that but paypal repaid me all. Although I am not willing to pay alike that.I hope I can get it thru GG anyway short after release or as thru a retail store here in Munich...

greetings

Hohenlohe :coeurs:


Dear Hohenlohe,

I am so sorry to hear of your trouble. I hope that you have the very best of luck from now on!!

Very nice that Ageod has found a way for you to get the new game.

Best Wishes,

Vaalen

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:07 pm
by Hohenlohe
vaalen wrote:Dear Hohenlohe,

I am so sorry to hear of your trouble. I hope that you have the very best of luck from now on!!

Very nice that Ageod has found a way for you to get the new game.

Best Wishes,

Vaalen


Thx for your understanding,dear vaalen...

heartly greetings

Hohenlohe... :coeurs:

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:20 pm
by Franciscus
Also sad to hear about your bad luck. I never use paypal myself.
Here in Portugal all our banks have a service that permits one to create a virtual credit card, valid for just one transaction and with the amount defined by us. It's the most safe way I know of making online trnsactions.

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:31 pm
by Spharv2
Can't wait to see what it is, looking forward to a new game with the good ole system. :)

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:37 am
by Paul Roberts
I'm definitely looking forward to Athena's next move! I can't wait to find out more...

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:50 am
by Ilitarist
Will it be the same engine version as in PoN (3.0 IIRC)? Please no. Please.