Not too surprising. Firaxis has acquired rights only to the MPS titles Sid designed. Even if Infogrames was holding a garage sale, I doubt they’d put X-Com on the block, what with Aftermath still in development.
Aside from being nearly identical to it as a game design. I think what Peter was trying to say is: why would Infogrames sell the rights to X-Com and encourage another developer to make a game that will compete with a game that Infogrames already has in development?
No Darklands or Xcom or Master of Magic… all three were great too. Although I think Covert Action could translate well if they turned it into some Half Life 2/Unreal Warfare/Doom 3 engine game… with all the detail of being a spy.
Also we still have Railroad Tycoon 3 to look forward too, which looks pretty awesome.
Will be interesting to see how they make the new Pirates! in light of games like Sea Dogs 2 (or Pirates of Disney).
The thing I loved about Darklands was that they were the first game (in my memory) to promise an expansion at the time of release. I believe they were planning on extending the game to France. I thought it was a great idea. Too bad it never happened.
What is Reynolds and Big Huge Games (I keep wanting to say a different word rather than “Games”) doing now? They can leverage the obvious success coming for RoN into the rights and budget to do any of the above re-makes/updates.