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Relic might have found a way to bring RTS to console

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MY THUMBS ARE TOO BIG

Strategy games may not be as massive as first-person shooters or tap-happy avian species being flung towards porcine enemies, but it’s a genre that isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. What you won’t see often however, are RTS titles on consoles. They’ve always been a headache to port over and create control schemes for on those platforms. But one studio reckons that they’ve cracked the conundrum.

According to Dawn of War and Company of Heroes studio Relic Games, they’ve got a “plausible solution” that could see RT games work well on console. But they’re keeping it a secret.

“There was always a talk of strategy games on console,” Relic’s game director Quinn Duffy said to Eurogamer.

We were just like, ‘oh my God, how do you do that?’ We think we came up with a plausible solution, which I’m not going to talk about.

There’s some stuff that’s been back burnered for years because we wanted to see how technology, the market, control and touch emerged. Hopefully we will be positioned to adapt to some of that.

Still, having an idea is one thing, but mouse and keyboard will always be the preferred method of input in RTS games according to Duffy. “The purist interface control of a traditional strategy game is mouse and keyboard,” he said.

One other potential pitfall, would be managing cross-platform competition, as PC gamers would have a massive advantage over console gamers. But still, the idea that Relic has would at least make these games manageable on other platforms as those gamers could control squads and conduct battle properly. “But not in the same way,” Duffy explained.

There would need to be some changes. But I think it’s possible. You need to stretch the boundaries a little bit.

Relic needs to still develop this idea, which is why they’re being hush-hush about it, as another studio could easily thief it away. I’ve always imagined that this would be the perfect generation with which to kickstart RTS games on console.

In particular, the Wii U would be a perfect platform to do so. Thanks to that tablet controller, that would be the ideal input for controlling armies and surveying the field of battle. Toss in more tablet options, such as SmartGlass on the Xbox, and you could easily bring that genre to those devices.

Oh crap, I hope I haven’t just publically published Relic’s idea.

Last Updated: June 2, 2014

23 Comments

  1. Uh huh. And I caught a fish this big.

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    • Jedi JJ

      June 2, 2014 at 16:02

      It doesn’t help if you don’t show with your hands how big.
      I think Warhammer could go the Diablo III route. As long as they give us pc gamers a working game.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 2, 2014 at 16:11

        Not showing my hands was the whole point ;P

        I’d be down with a Diablo-style Warhammer game. I’d play pretty much anything Warhammer related.

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        • Jedi JJ

          June 2, 2014 at 16:12

          Me too at this stage. As long as it’s not riddled with micro-transactions.
          Hell, I’d probably still play it then too.

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  2. Milesh Bhana

    June 2, 2014 at 15:37

    Company of Heroes 2 (or 3?) on console with decent controls… make it so Relic!

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  3. Brian Murphy

    June 2, 2014 at 15:43

    Surprise! The solution is Kinect and Move lol

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    • Jedi JJ

      June 2, 2014 at 16:03

      Don’t give them ideas.

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 2, 2014 at 16:03

      Seriously doubt it, but I would love to see someone attempt Starcraft.

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    • HvR - THE Average GAmer

      June 2, 2014 at 17:34

      • Darren Peach

        June 2, 2014 at 21:28

        I can’t get my head around this Gif. It’s fucking funny.

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      • ElNicko

        June 2, 2014 at 22:14

        That Music video is just “Something Else”…..

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  4. Sk3tz0

    June 2, 2014 at 15:44

    RTS to the PS 4 becuse of the new touch pad on the Dualshock 4.. or they will be using tablets and smartphones as secondary devices. personally I think a RTS should stay on a PC.

    and speaking of which when last was a good RTS release.. I been under a rock any suggestions.

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    • Jedi JJ

      June 2, 2014 at 16:03

      Planetary Annihilation. It’s still in gamma. But it’s bloody good.

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    • Brian Murphy

      June 2, 2014 at 16:04

      Can’t go wrong with Company of Heroes 2

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      • Jedi JJ

        June 2, 2014 at 16:04

        I’ve been two minds about COH 2 because a lot of people say it’s not as good as the first and I absolutely love the first. Played a game last night actually.

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        • Brian Murphy

          June 2, 2014 at 16:05

          For me, it entirely depends on HOW not as good as the first. The first was bloody brilliant. So, if the 2nd is a notch below that…that’s still a fairly quality game, right? I mean, if it’s several notches down then bargain bin it is…but if it’s in the same neighborhood as CoH1…eff yeah.

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          • Jedi JJ

            June 2, 2014 at 16:08

            I get you. I can still lose many hours on something a notch below the first if it has some nice new graphics (not that there’s anything wrong with the old one’s) and some new units.

          • Brian Murphy

            June 2, 2014 at 16:10

            Aye, my thoughts exactly. The graphics of the first were great, so that level is fine with me. I enjoy the stories, and re-engaging old battle scenarios. Entirely different from how I played C&C which is with a battalion of Mammoth tanks so large I’d build an actual ‘pyramid’ with their icons on the mini-map. bahaha.

          • Jedi JJ

            June 2, 2014 at 16:14

            Haha. Excellent.
            I’m spending my RTS time these days on Planetary Annihilation. Not quite as epic as Total Annihilation (let’s face it, nothing will ever be) but it’s really cool.
            Interplanetary war – great stuff. The gamma is still buggy as hell, so rather wait until it’s finished if you’re not a complete fanboy like myself.

  5. Hammersteyn

    June 2, 2014 at 16:03

    Don’t really care right now need more MK!

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  6. dawith

    June 2, 2014 at 19:27

    The RTS right now for me as RTS veteran is Wargame: Red Dragon
    RTS veterans dont “play” COH. 😉

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    • Uberutang

      June 3, 2014 at 12:09

      Yup the wargame series is pure RTS perfection.

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  7. Skoobaz

    June 3, 2014 at 09:32

    Getting my RTS fix on generals zero hour with HD texture pack. I know it’s ancient but so so much fun!

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