Stardock wants revival of PC classics, looking into isometric RPG
Posted: 18.11.2008 12:09 by Simon Priest Comments: 11
Brad Wardell, Stardock CEO, has said he's been trying to pry the rights to some classic PC strategies from the clutches of publishers like Atari.

He's hungry for a new 'Baldur's Gate' style RPG too and says someone's "going to have to do it," otherwise "it's got to be Stardock." Renegade sequels catch Wardell's ire too.

"I would never have done those Galactic Civilizations games in the first place if someone had made a Civilization-in-space game," laughed Wardell, speaking with Gamasutra.

Stardock hearts PC, they're in love and that's good for you and me. If they can't get their mitts on a license that 'lights their fire' then they'll invent their own original based upon their muse.

"I actually pitched Atari on a whole idea for a true successor to Star Control," he says, noting that it would follow on from Toys for Bob's Star Control II, and not Star Control 3. "We just pretend that never happened."

Master of Orion is another property Stardock has in its sights and would love to get a hold of, they'd base it more off of the second in the franchise as the sequels aren't too popular with Wardell.

"If you're making a game that ends with '3,' or Something: The Sequel, it should be similar to the original game," he argued.

"Don't go off and say, 'I have my own artistic vision.' Okay, good -- so call it something else. Don't ride the coattails of the people who came before you to launch your own artistic vision." Some developers could certainly do with taking this sage advice to heart.

Stardock is gathering a new internal team that's throwing around some ideas on what to work on next. "We'd like to do a roleplaying game too," he said, and BioWare's Baldur's Gate and Knights of the Old Republic seem to have his favour.

They would approach it in "the same style of isometric gameplay -- not first person -- where I have a party that I'm interacting with," referring to BG.

"I think there are a lot of people who want that. They want to have a party again. They want to have a Minsc-type character in there. You can't have that interesting banter if it's just one guy running around."


By Orv (SI Core) on Nov 18, 2008
"He's hungry for a new 'Baldur's Gate' style RPG..."

Me too...

I'm in.
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Nov 18, 2008
For what. These guys only want to make those sucky Windows Blinds themes!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 18, 2008
Stardock might be running short on ideas if they're looking to not just emulate "old" games, but re-release them. MOO would be a direct competitor for SoaSE, and as for Baldur's Gate? Rest in piece oh massive one. Your time has well and truly passed.
By DarkStalker (SI Veteran Newbie) on Nov 18, 2008
the oldest story spoken so many times... They Want Our MONEY!!!! They won't get mine, i still have all those classics storaged in boxes labelled RPG :)
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 18, 2008
Considering that it sounds like an obvious mistake, could this actually be a mistake? Maybe they know something we don't. Hm. Maybe an old incarnation of isometric RPG game is exactly what we need?!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 18, 2008
Stiff competition from Good Old Games, though. They already have the full Fallout collection for a meager price. And the spiritual successor to BG (Neverwinter Nights) didn't really set the world alight.
By Orv (SI Core) on Nov 18, 2008
The last time I watched a trailer it seemed to me that Diablo III is going to be isometric as well as qualifying as an RPG.
I have no problem at all with the idea of an isometric party-based RPG along the lines of the Baldur's Gate style as long as it's brought up to date in graphics quality and has the gameplay to make it worth playing.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 19, 2008
And that's exactly why Blizzard are going for the isometric view for Diablo III. Why fix something if it isn't broken...just enhance it.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 19, 2008
Isometric RPG's means that there should be a strategic angle to the game, one that I like. Isometric is good for many games and when RPG's goes outside the singl character control it is preferable. i hate when you get escort missions in Oblivion, or something like that. Everyone is running in each others way and getting pissed, and don't even start to tell me that it is supposed to be realistic...

Stardock should aim for something new but with a strong influence of the Ice wind dale and baldurs gate series setup. Very nice milieu and very nice engines, jus make sure it is playable! *(harkle cough cough* Temple of Elemental Evil *harkle* *cough* *cough*)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 19, 2008
Or of you're really hard up, give "Beyond Divinity" a go. Out now on budget, there's about 60 gaming hours in the title. Terrible graphics and ? gameplay mechanics, but it is isometric.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 19, 2008
For some reason I first assumed they mean 2D Isometric. Now I assume they actually meant isometric 3D. :) Haven't had enough sleep for the day so ignore me on the comment...