In a slightly surprising announcement Wargaming, best known for World of Tanks, have announced that they have acquired the rights to both Master of Orion and Total Annihilation franchises, and are planning on either creating new iterations for both or perhaps re-releasing them in HD.
“Total Annihilation and Master of Orion are strategy game classics,” Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi said in the announcement. “Although it’s too soon to disclose any details, we are more than willing to give a new lease of life to these games most of us grew up playing. It’s exactly where our major focus will be.”
Wargaming also recently acquired Gas Powered Games. Gas Powered Games is led by Chris Taylor, one of the original designers of Total Annihilation. Gas Powered Games also created Supreme Commander, a spiritual successor to Total Annihilation. It therefore seems likely that if Wargaming intend on creating a new Total Annihilation they’ll be placing Chris Taylor and hew crew on development duties.
On a personal note I’m a Total Annihilation note, so as you can well imagine I’m pretty excited at the moment, though I do have reservations.