I agree with Benos here and I guess I have said in other threads as well that I consider WW2 overdone.
Every 2nd fps,almost every simulation,many strategy games.
Certainly,who would claim that there are too few WW2 games?
BUT...as I see it Battlegoat also wants to "milk the cow",they have build a masterpiece of an engine (or at least are about to put it together) and now they want to use it again.
This isnt new,not necessarily a bad thing and I cant and wont blame them.
SO...they cant just move on and make a worthy successor of Master of Orion as much some of us want that.
They would have to add or modify quite some things until that would work.
And this wont fit with the goal of using the same engine.
The next game somehow has to "stay on earth" as so to speak.
And what setting would you choose?
While it might be pratical to choose a setting that also plays in our time period that would result in game that would be quite similar to the current game.
A "Cold War" sequel was in discussion IIRC and it was mentioned that there would be problems witht the game being to similar.
And even if they would make major improvements (like weather) on the engine it would still end up fighting for customers with the original title.
Dont get me wrong,I would buy this game and Im sure most of us in the forum here would.
But for the other costumers these games would be too alike and the differences too minimal.
Does anyone know
Age of Wonders:Shadow Magic by the way...?
So in conclusion a setting would have to be found to allow BG to still use their engine,eventually with some improvements or minor modifications of course,and that would be different enough.
And sadly a WW2 setting would satisfy all of these requirements
,and it would also have the benefit of being seen as "popular" by the marketing guys.
After all there are so many WW2 games out there and someone seems to buy them.
And maybe just because there are no alternatives left at the time.
That was pretty much the reason why I ended up buying "Hearts of Iron" and "Silent Storm".
How do the others feel about that?