Trade Wars: Dark Millennium Interview
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Late in February, IMG brought you word of a new title inspired by the classic Trade Wars BBS game. This 3D massively multiplayer title will attempt to set new highs for the real-time strategy genre, as well as bring back memories of the amazing speed of 2400 baud modems.
Realm Interactive is the developing company which has obtained the rights to the game, and GameSpot recently chatted with their lead programmer Dave Adams about his work on the project. The team is currently focusing on keeping the spirit of the original title while making the transition from ASCII to fully 3D worlds. Here's a clip from the interview with more:
GS: Describe some of the main tasks for the player in the game. Will the balance of space trading, combat, and planet building be similar to that of the Trade Wars BBS game? Trade Wars: Dark Millennium seems to be a massive undertaking, but we're hopeful these folks will be able to pull it off. Head to GameSpot to have a read through the rest of the informative Q&A.
DA: The balance of these different activities will be shifted in Dark Millennium, with more emphasis on combat and empire building and less emphasis on those activities that are often redundant. One example is trade. In the original, trade was one of the primary sources of growth and expansion. However, trade wasn't very entertaining. Players wanted to trade so that they could do the things that were entertaining, such as building planets, corporations, and sector defenses. In fact, players eventually created helpers to automate the task of trading so they could concentrate on the fun stuff. As a result of this, trade in Dark Millennium will be highly automated.
In addition to combat and empire building, players will be concerned with customizing units, harvesting resources (some hostile--for example, harvesting creatures for resources), diplomacy, growing their heroes and avatar, and of course etching their names in the annals of history.
IMG News: Trade Wars Remake Coming to the Mac
While the game will initially be released for Windows, a Mac version is in the works and should be out soon after. Realm Interactive is currently shooting to have Trade Wars: DM finished early next year, with a beta test beginning this summer.
Trade Wars Web Site
David Adams Interview at GameSpot
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