Are Chris Taylor & Wargaming Working On Total Annihilation 2?
Chris Taylor and Bret “The Hitman” Hart have little in common. One is/was a pro wrestler, and one makes real-time strategy video games. But they do share one common bond: When it comes to their professions, they are The Best. They are The Best There Ever Was, and they are The Best There Ever Will Be.
Oh, they’re both Canadian, so that’s two common bonds, I suppose.
Seriously though, Chris Taylor has long been synonymous with the term “RTS,” thanks to his Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander franchises (and hey, Dungeon Siege was pretty rad, too, even if those games are RPGs). It’s been a bumpy road, from Cavedog to Gas Powered Games to failed Kickstarters, but GPG’s light at the end of the tunnel came a few months ago, when Chris and his brand cozied up with Wargaming.net.
…or is he working on Total Annihilation 2?
In a recent podcast (an RTS-focused German show by the name of CNC-Inside), Chris and CNC-I waxed poetic about a number of different topics: Taylor’s dream game, working on games in the early 90′s, and so on. Towards the end of the interview (roughly the one hour, six minute mark), CNC-I gently poses the TA2 question. Taylor’s response is interesting, to say the least.
“I can’t, I won’t, I shouldn’t, it’s just not an area that I’m ready to talk about yet…you are welcome to use your imagination, [and] your imagination will serve you well, I think, in this case.”
It’s not a direct confirmation that Total Annihilation exists, but Wargaming does own the rights to Total Annihilation, so there’s a very good chance that TA2 is in the works. But should it see the light of day? With Planetary Annihilation already in beta, do we need TA2? Or is this going to be another odd split in the same vein of Vivendi, Monolith, and the F.E.A.R. saga? Or, even stranger: Is the new MMO we reported on a Total Annihilation free-to-play MMO?
A penny for your thoughts in the comments, please!