Time to bring back the golden age of turn based games

“Time to bring back the golden age of turn-based games”: The former art director of Civilization and XCOM opens a new studio

Firaxis Games veteran Greg Foertsch, who worked as Artistic Director on Civilization and XCOM, announced the opening of a new studio bit reactor. The team calls their goal resuscitation “Golden Age of Turn-Based Games”. The first projects are already in development.

XCOM 2. Image Source: Steam

XCOM 2. Image Source: Steam

Headquartered in Maryland, Bit Reactor includes other former employees of Firaxis Games as well as specialists involved with The Elder Scrolls Online. v press release states that the team strives to create something “turn-based strategies with rich storytelling, compelling execution, and solid mechanics”that will take the genre back to its best era. Furch wants his new games to win prestigious awards along with Halo and other blockbusters like XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012.

Gregor Furch.  Image source: gamesindustry.biz

Gregor Furch. Image source: gamesindustry.biz

The developer believes that now nothing interferes with the development of the genre: the previous technical limitations have disappeared, support for cross-platform progression and cross-platform sessions on PC, consoles and mobile devices has appeared.

“The genre began to fade and fade into the background due to lack of budgets, Furch said in an interview GamesIndustry.biz. — But now there is no such problem. Screen resolution limitations are gone. You can always find ways to tell stories and convey information without walls of text. That’s what we’re focusing on, bringing that into the genre and blurring the line between strategy and action.”

“Turn-based strategy is a flexible genre, he remarked. — Check out Mario + Rabbids and Gear Tactics. It seems what can these games have in common? But in reality they have the same foundation”.

Image source: twitter.com/bitreactor

Image source: twitter.com/bitreactor

Furch began his career at Microprose Software as an artist. Two years later, he joined Firaxis Games as a senior artist and later became the studio’s senior art director. Overall he has been with the team for almost 22 years and has contributed to the development of Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Sid Meier’s SimGolf, Sid Meier’s Civilization III, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2. In 2018 he worked spent some time at Romero Games on the Empire of Sin strategy.

Bit Reactor intends to release its games on a large number of devices, but is focusing on console and PC versions for now. The manager did not give any details about the projects.

Firaxis Games is currently working on the tactical role-playing game Marvel’s Midnight Suns, which is scheduled for release in the second half of 2022. Also studio positions indicate to develop the next great civilization.


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