Soren Johnson launches Mohawk Games!

By on November 5, 2013 12:49:01 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Civilization IV designer, Soren Johnson has launched a new studio called Mohawk Games.

It’s been founded by Soren Johnson, Dorian Newcomb and myself.  Soren, as CEO comes up with what games we’re going to make and is also the creative director for the company.  Dorian, the art director of Civilization V is in charge of how the games will look and feel.  And me? As President, my job is to make sure Soren and Dorian have the necessary resources necessary to get the job done.

The first project is code-named Mars which will be using Oxide’s recently announced Nitrous 3D engine. We won’t have anything we can publicly show for awhile but I think strategy gamers are going to be very pleased with it.

As an industry, we’re entering an exciting new age. With retail finally officially dead (as far as PC games are concerned) and with 64-bit, multi-core game development finally having arrived, we are finally free to create some amazing, innovative strategy games that are also commercially viable.

During the retail age, people bought their games at the store and if the game wasn’t at the store, it wasn’t commercially viable.  As a result, game developers were either “indies” making very small games or they were huge (>$20 million), AAA titles that were increasingly “safe bets” in order to get onto store shelves. 

Now that PC gamers are comfortable going to Steam, you can create exciting and new types of games. These games can take a bit of a risk because there’s infinite shelf space for well crafted games.  And with a reasonable budget (still millions but nothing like $20 million) combined with 64-bit (for handling gorgeous scenes that were getting very hard to do in a 32-bit strategy game since they have to hold all the world in memory at once) we can have games that are both innovative and visually stunning.

That’s Mohawk’s mission. To create awesome core strategy games for this new age of gaming.  We’re in for some exciting times!

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November 5, 2013 12:52:52 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Well, holy shit!  More strategy games! 

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November 5, 2013 1:04:39 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


congratulations, look forward to seeing the fruits in time

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November 5, 2013 1:14:09 PM from Little Tiny Frogs Forums Little Tiny Frogs Forums

Interested in this.  Hope it shares some similarities to Kohan, though it doesn't sound like it.

 

 

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November 5, 2013 1:18:50 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Alstein,

Interested in this.  Hope it shares some similarities to Kohan, though it doesn't sound like it. 

Kohan with realistic sized armies....

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November 5, 2013 1:33:18 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Mars eh? I'm getting some Outpost vibes from that!

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November 5, 2013 1:36:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Awesome, congrats!

This going to be the first Nitrous 3d game released, or do some of the other players in Oxide have something going as well?

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November 5, 2013 2:23:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Congratulations and best wishes to all involved!

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November 5, 2013 2:40:22 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

let's hope the multiplayer is good

 

reading between the lines, there will be 0 effort put into AI

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November 5, 2013 2:41:35 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting The_Biz,

let's hope the multiplayer is good

 

reading between the lines, there will be 0 effort put into AI

And to be frank, the storyline sounds kind of awful.

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November 5, 2013 3:55:27 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I read between the lines and only found empty space 

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November 5, 2013 4:20:05 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

NitroX infinity smacks Brad on the head; "Get back to coding for GalCiv3!!!"

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November 5, 2013 6:21:52 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

2 of the 3 founders are professional AI developers and someone in here thinks we won't put effort into that?  

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November 5, 2013 6:26:29 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Strategy gamers have had it pretty good lately, but this is just more icing on the cake!

 

Best of luck, looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!

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November 5, 2013 7:02:16 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Frogboy,

2 of the 3 founders are professional AI developers and someone in here thinks we won't put effort into that?  

 

this sounds unlikely:

1) there aren't enough resources to work on AI when there are lots of people on a project

2) reduce team size to 4

3) prioritize AI

 

but I'd be happy if I'm wrong

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November 6, 2013 3:42:03 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Leo in WI,

Awesome, congrats!

This going to be the first Nitrous 3d game released, or do some of the other players in Oxide have something going as well?

 

Civilization VI and Elemental II.

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November 6, 2013 3:46:40 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I first and formost am a fan of TBS 4X, but love slow paced strategical RTS like the Europa Universalis-series. I'm also a huge fan of the strategical RTS Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander (the original).

 

This game sounds like it can turn out to take a place among my few, but great, RTS favorites.

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November 6, 2013 4:08:35 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Very good news, was waiting for that one 'cause it seems the next logical step for you.

Good luck and one question:

In what timeframe you plan to release 'Mars'? 2015?

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November 6, 2013 6:15:34 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

This sound pretty cool.  I'll be eager to see what Mohawk comes up with! 

 

 

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November 6, 2013 9:06:28 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

RPS is saying that it's codenamed "Moon" and it's a real time strategy multiplayer game.  What's the truth! 

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November 6, 2013 10:15:03 AM from Little Tiny Frogs Forums Little Tiny Frogs Forums

It's code name is Mars and it's an RTS.

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November 6, 2013 11:41:08 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

But Mars has no Moons... or does it? PLOT!

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November 6, 2013 11:47:05 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I think it has Phebos and Deimos are moons of Mars.  Probably spelled those wrong.

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November 6, 2013 11:51:37 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Exciting times we live in.  Only thing I ask is if its a RTS game, please allow multiple levels of AI control, etc., as in DW. 

@ L Xia  Phobos and Deimos.  Don't worry, mars (won't) attack (you).

 

edit  sorry about font... not sure how it happened...

 

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November 6, 2013 11:51:50 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Shit, I actually didn't know that. Stop educating me!

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November 6, 2013 11:56:46 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

To be fair, Phobos and Deimos are more like asteroids caught in Mars' orbit and relatively small;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars#Moons

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