I've dreamed of an idea for a Star Trek-ish game that would be awesome.
It would be like Armada, but instead of buying already created ships, you could build your own. No more wishing you had a Constitution-class with shortened neck and Sovereign-esque nacelles! You could build it, and save it to be able to be built later. You could update systems whenever you could. You would know the limits of each ship, and feel as though you created your empire.
i do know the answer to this. i spoke to activision about a year ago in connection with starfleet command 3 and i ask about if they where making any more startrek game and when would they be release. the person i spoke to told me activision have stop making startrek game due to lack of sales from previous star trek games he also said that activision owns the armada etc right so no other comapny can make a game from what has already been made in the series. the poor sales is also why it is hard to buy pc-rom startrek game because they have stop supplying them to shops.
I don't know who you talked to but I interviewed Armada producer Doug Pearson of Activision on a few occasions when I was a contributing editor for Combatsim.com and I have heard this drivel before. There is some current that surfaced years ago about how the ST games never made money for Activision. As pearson emphasized "THIS IS NOT TRUE." noting "why would Activision continue to release new games of the Star Trek theme." This was about the time Armada 2 came out and obviously several ST games did come out since then. And specifically asked if A1 made money he replied "yes, that's why there is an A2."
He said when A2 was brand new that there were no plans for an A3 but rather a non ST resource gathering space game was planned.
As we all lament no A3 we must realize that an A3 could never BE all everyone wants it to be. Not to be un-imaginative but except for relatively minor improvements there's not a lot that could be done in an A3 without changing it too far away from the initial concept. Geez we still got tons of guys that sound like a bunch of old farts "Yeah sonny, that A2's no good. I still play the untainted A1 without all them fancy schmancy planets and other stuff."
The absolutely great thing is that Armada was written in plane language for the most part and we can mod the hell out of it. Each person's modded Armada2 IS Armada 3!
I just registered on the forums here. I've been on armada2files for a year already, so I figured, why not?! Twitch, I believe you're right about how a mod of Armada 2 is Armada 3! My game has been modded again and again for two years and it is totally 100% different than it was originally - the interface, splash screens, ships, heroes, planets, objects, etc. To me, the experience with that game changes everytime I figure out something new to do, not to mention more ships in the game being added every few days! I have not played Armada I lately - I should. I enjoyed the missions in that game the most for some reason. Now I play Armada II all the time - I have three installations: one is for Fleet Ops 2 Beta (the most recent one that was released earlier this year), one is for the unmodded game, and one is for my modded version of the game. The point is that it hasn't become old to me by any measure to just play the unmodded game. 20 years from now, I supposed I'll still be playing these games (as I still play games from 20 years ago these days - like Super Mario Bros. I). The replay value of the Armada series has nearly immortalized it (as far as games go). Armada II was great because it was more moddable and you had your own odf files directory instead of just putting everything in the addons folder - just more organized to me. I hope indeed that a new Armada or similar game can come out in the future, but if not, it's not the end of the Star Trek gaming world forever! There will be something else down the line that will catch our eyes. In a way, just having Armada I and II is easier because if there were an Armada 3, then everybody would have to upgrade their systems for it anyway (eventhough that wouldn't be a problem for some of us). So right now, we don't have the responsibility to keep up with newer games - we have Armada I and Armada II and they are both awesome games that were state-of-the-art for their times - now they are classics for us folks.
Back in the day when I was deep, deep, deep into combat flight sims it wa bewildering. Every 6 months graphics was improving and the next flight sim needed the new hardware! All we did was buy friggin hardware to keep up with the new titles.
RTS games like Armada aren't graphics intensive like a flight sim where a pixilated world continually unrolls beneath you aircraft and clouds have to look "real" and damage modeling is critical and tons more.
The very nature of Armada preculdes the need for absolute graphics detail. It's an armada, get it? Not a space ship combat sim where you fly one vehicle. The whole concept preculdes the need to zoom in to view one stinkin ship! Graphics is quite adequate and it will be seen that any similar RTS game in 2007 will not be demonstrably superior.
It's the game depth, after all, that makes any title long-lived, not eye candy alone.
boy its been a long time since I was here last. I actualy have some new news to add to the discusion, perpetual entertainment just bought the startrek game liscense. does this meen armada 3 is on the way, probubly not, but there will be a startrek MMORPG based on S.N.G. it will actualy take place on the enterprise. lets give a beer to perpetual :beer: ... their realy gona need it
trekkie00I've dreamed of an idea for a Star Trek-ish game that would be awesome. It would be like Armada, but instead of buying already created ships, you could build your own. No more wishing you had a Constitution-class with shortened neck and Sovereign-esque nacelles! You could build it, and save it to be able to be built later. You could update systems whenever you could. You would know the limits of each ship, and feel as though you created your empire.
they had one, it was called startrek ship builder, and it sucked