DarthMod creator developing RTS Ultimate General: Gettysburg
Posted: 02.07.2013 14:13 by Simon Priest Comments: 7
The creator of the Total War DarthMod series, which significantly overhauled AI much to the delight of fans, has announced he's making a full game. It's a real-time strategy called Ultimate General: Gettysburg.

Nick Thomadis says there were "things that I could not deliver to players as a modder," and so decided to try his skill at a full game. His plans include autonomous AI and a 'complex morale system'.

Historical accuracy is important, and the map will cover the most important locations during the Gettysburg's ruckus. Thomadis doesn't want it for hardcore only strategists.

"You should not require a tutorial or a big manual to play the game but you will be able to understand progressively how the “inside” complex mechanics work,” he detailed. Gettysburg is the "first step" - if successful - for Ultimate General as a series. It will releases for PC and tablets when it's ready.

"There were things that I could not deliver to players as a modder,” said Nick Thomadis. “That is why I decided to develop my own strategy game…” Micromanagement will be reined in through autonomous AI, as well as future battles affected past performances, and it will feature "one of the most complex morale systems ever created.”

To learn more about Ultimate General: Gettysburg visit the official website.
Source: PC Gamer
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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jul 02, 2013
Come again?! o_o

This sounds wonderful!
By Longsword (SI Core Member) on Jul 02, 2013
Looking forward to this! Always have enjoyed Darthmod's take on the Total War series.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jul 02, 2013
A name that inspires confidence but I'm not too sure if I'm interested in Gettysburg, the fact that it's real-time could potentially change my mind.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jul 02, 2013
While not my favourite period of history, if this is done well and with the sort of mechanics I can expect from him, then I will like it as a game
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 02, 2013
My dreams come true - this is a favourite period for me. How I have longed for a good strategy title set in the American Civil War period since Empire's "The American Civil War" (and no, I'm afraid "Take 2 Second Mannassis" and it's follow-up "Gettysburg" have not done it for me), and still play the John Tiller titles from time to time.
This I would rank even higher than "Rome 2" on my wishlist, and that's saying something indeed.
By Longsword (SI Core Member) on Jul 03, 2013
I'll have to agree with you, Herod, about the Take 2 games. They just weren't that enjoyable. I was a fan of "Sid Meier's Gettysburg" and the classic "Civil War Generals 2".
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 03, 2013
Try John Tiller's collection at Matrix Games. TBS at it's best, with hand-drawn maps based on aerial photos and topographic maps pf the period. I bought them all when they first came out and was staggered at their depth. The Battle of Antietam alone took me a week of all-night gaming to complete. Now you can but all titles in one bundle, and it runs on Windows 7 and looks great on a 24" monitor.
Strangely, after playing John Tiller's games I couldn't really enjoy Sid Meier's effort, popular as it was. I'd give it another try, if I could find a copy. Empire's "American Civil War" is a lot like the "Total War" series, in that you have a Campaign map that reverts to real time for battles. Made by the same Devs as "Fields of Glory", the real-time battles unfortunately aren't all that flash.
*sigh* The good old days....