Stardock Working With Former Age of Empires Developers on New PC Strategy Title

By   /   Sep 9, 2014

Former Age of Empires developers are partnering up with Stardock Entertainment for an upcoming PC strategy title.

Little is known about the mysterious title except that it’s going to utilize something called Project Tachyon, a new matchmaking and cloud-gaming service.

According to the announcement, the developers are designing the Tachyon system to work with existing architectures like Steam. It will feature league play, cloud-hosted multiplayer contests, progress and statistics tracking, and refined matchmaking.

The project is being led by Adrian Luff, a former engineer for Blizzard’s Battle.net, a popular system that connects players of all of its current titles like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and Diablo III.

Stardock Entertainment is already known for its impressive work with the Galactic Civilization series. The team will be working closely with BonusXP, a company founded by former senior Age of Empires developers that include Dave Pottinger (co-founder and CEO of BonusXP), John Evanson (Director of Technology of BonusXP), and Jason Sallenbach (art director for BonusXP).

“Stardock is putting its money in the hands of veteran creators, to help them bring the future of gaming that they hold in their minds into reality,” Stardock president and CEO Brad Wardell said in a statement.

“Stardock shares our vision of great games made by passionate people,” Pottinger said in the statement. “We’re thrilled to work with a publishing partner that rejects the tired mentality of churning through developers in the name of mindless sequels.

More news on the unannounced title will be revealed as work progresses.