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Microsoft Picks Up Skulls of the Shogun

The spiritual successor to Advance Wars is coming before the end of the year.

If you've been bummed out by Nintendo ignoring Advance Wars the last few years, a savior has appeared through Skulls of the Shogun, which Gamasutra reports has been picked up by Microsoft.

Horray!

I've seen Skulls of the Shogun, looking better each time. It strikes the same wonderful balance between complexity and depth Advance Wars did, making strategy games accessible to people (like me) who don't usually care for strategy games.

All we know about a release date is sometime before the end of the year. Can't come soon enough.

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Posted by patrickklepek

If you've been bummed out by Nintendo ignoring Advance Wars the last few years, a savior has appeared through Skulls of the Shogun, which Gamasutra reports has been picked up by Microsoft.

Horray!

I've seen Skulls of the Shogun, looking better each time. It strikes the same wonderful balance between complexity and depth Advance Wars did, making strategy games accessible to people (like me) who don't usually care for strategy games.

All we know about a release date is sometime before the end of the year. Can't come soon enough.

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Edited by LiquidPenguins

Get rid of the first post quest.

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Edited by superscott597

Something's wrong with the video player for me... 
 
EDIT: @LiquidPenguins But.. but... but... Ok yeah. I agree.

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Posted by antwane

great news. Advance Wars is one of the best underrated series ever.

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Posted by Apollo87

I was actually wondering what had happened to this game some time ago, shame it was Microsoft to pick it up since I wont be playing it, anyway very good for the developers.

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Posted by avidwriter

Please please please have a PC version on steam!

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Posted by StarvingGamer

@avidwriter: Yeah here's hoping for a PC version so I can actually play it. I miss Advance Wars.

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Edited by JetForceGemini

Spiritual successor to Advance Wars? Lets hope it's that instead of another poor imitation...

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Edited by kuz101
@avidwriter: Last I heard it was coming to both PC and 360. In fact, the Skulls of the Shogun page lists it for both. 
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Posted by Jeffk38uk

Huh, I thought this game was already out given how long ago it was since that Quick Look. Will have to see how this game is when it comes out eventually.

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Posted by zanshin

PC on steam...

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Posted by fallen_elite
@avidwriter: "Microsoft Picks Up Skulls of the Shogun"
"Microsoft Picks Up"
"Microsoft"
 
Yeah there's no chance we'll see this on PC.
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Posted by JTMosh

I never finished an Advance Wars game. I always got to a certain mission that I could never beat and said "Fuck this!" Still, I loved all of them that I played and will buy this as well.

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Posted by 617_jbug

One of the developers said on neogaf just now that the PC version is still alive.

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Posted by Panpipe

Wow, this game didn't come out already?

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Posted by august

This game looks awesome.

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Posted by RandomInternetUser
@617_jbug said:
One of the developers said on neogaf just now that the PC version is still alive.
Thank god!
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Posted by SpaceBoat

Huh... I never really saw this game as having many similarities to Advance Wars.

Maybe I just like grids too much.

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Posted by vinsanityv22

HOW DID THIS NOT COME OUT ALREADY!?! YOU COVERED IT MONTHS (OR A YEAR) AGO! WHY CAN'T I STOP SHOUTING!!!!
 
...oh, Caps Lock;) I got it.

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Posted by JJOR64
@LiquidPenguins said:

Get rid of the first post quest.

This man/woman speaks the truth.
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Posted by LiquidPenguins

@JJOR64: both

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Posted by ervonymous

Now I feel bad for ignoring that QL, looks cool. FFTA1/2 and Advance Wars have definitely seen some play in this household.

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Posted by ezdude

This is great, I hope the game is great and sells great even thought I won't be able to play it since I only own a ps3 :(

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Posted by Sharpless

Not a game that I'd ever play (not a comment on the apparent quality of the game; I'm just not into the genre) but congratulations to them, I hope it does well, and I hope Microsoft gives them a fair shake.

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Posted by Xpgamer7

I haven't seen news on that for a long time. Nice to see it got a publisher.

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Posted by Kyle

Awesome. Glad to see those guys are gettin' theirs.

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Posted by buft

I heard this was to be a Xbox indie game at one point, glad the developers now have a chance to see some return on what looks to be a very promising game.

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Posted by m0rdr3d
@LiquidPenguins said:

               

Get rid of the first post quest.


           

Because the comments on page 2 are much more worthwhile, right?  This is a gaming website, friend, try not to take things too seriously.
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Posted by crusader8463

Great. I'm sure the PC version will be terrible if it even sees the light of day now that Microsoft is involved.

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Posted by bybeach

Both the art and gameplay are exemplary. I know it is modeled on a previous game, but how unique.

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Posted by SSully

I always wondered why they did a quick look of this game when it was so early in development. Good luck to the team working on it!

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Edited by wadtomaton

I'm glad there's still going to be a pc version, as I have no 360 (too bad the same can't be said for Trenched D= )

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Posted by AbeTheGreatest

fackin' sweet

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Posted by zombie2011

Wow i remember that quicklook from ages ago, glad it's finally coming out

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Posted by Qodot

Brotherhood of Battle is a pretty decent and similar Flash game. Actually, I think it's better than SotS in some ways, despite being a very small game - it's much deeper, with multiple attacks, distinct classes, upgrades, etc. There's already many game modes and unique mechanics to spice things up.

The community is truly awful though. The vast majority of the public chat is filled with sexual or racial insults. People invariably quit when they start losing - oftentimes when playing a 1v1, a player will even order you to surrender repeatedly so they can rank up, and disconnect if you don't. And playing a game with more than two independent teams is pretty much asking to be ganged up on. Actually, I have to admit the game is pretty much unplayable. I haven't actually finished a game in months since people just quit when they look like they have even a chance of losing.

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Posted by Zanthox

But I have PS3! NOOOOOOOO!!!

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Posted by FancySoapsMan

I like advance wars, but I don't like this game's art style.

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Posted by Capella

"Spiritual Successor to Advance Wars" is a weird way to put it. It's not like Intelligent Systems passed their turn-based strategy torch to these guys, or even set it down. Yeah, they haven't made an Advance Wars game since Days of Ruin, but they released a Fire Emblem game last year. Nintendo just doesn't seem to be bringing that outside Japan. Not that people know what Fire Emblem is...?

That said, this game does look like it has the simple mechanics, challenging tactics spirit of Intelligent Systems' games, which I feel more of the genre should try to emulate, so I'm really disappointed to hear Microsoft has this. No Xbox or PC here.

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Posted by cstrang

Meh....

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Posted by I_smell

How does it strike a balance between complexity and depth? Those are practically both the same thing.

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Posted by Jethuty

@I_smell said:

How does it strike a balance between complexity and depth? Those are practically both the same thing.

yeah just bad worthing on patricks part i think. Im pretty sure he meant either accessibility or simple.

at least thats how it should be.

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Posted by prestonhedges

it's a free flash game, right?

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Posted by recroulette

I don't see how this is the spiritual successor to Advance Wars...

But more turned based grid combat is a plus in my book

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Posted by siavm

Aren't spiritual successor's games that are made by the same people and have some similarities to the game. This does not even feel close to a advanced wars type game. Please stop instigating giantbomb. 

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Edited by iAmJohn

@fallen_elite said:

@avidwriter: "Microsoft Picks Up Skulls of the Shogun" "Microsoft Picks Up" "Microsoft" Yeah there's no chance we'll see this on PC.

It's highly unlikely, but never say never. Fable III's on Steam, after all!

@Qodot said:

Brotherhood of Battle is a pretty decent and similar Flash game. Actually, I think it's better than SotS in some ways, despite being a very small game - it's much deeper, with multiple attacks, distinct classes, upgrades, etc.

How do you know it's better that SotS when SotS isn't out yet?

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Posted by longevitous

geez, it took them this long to get picked up? the quick look EX is over a year old.

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@iAmJohn said:

@fallen_elite said:

@avidwriter: "Microsoft Picks Up Skulls of the Shogun" "Microsoft Picks Up" "Microsoft" Yeah there's no chance we'll see this on PC.

It's highly unlikely, but never say never. Fable III's on Steam, after all!

That's a good point and apparently it is coming to PC according to a previous poster. Have to say I'm a little surprised...
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Posted by echelon11

Yeah, I read that as "Skulls of the Shotgun" and am ever so slightly disappointed.

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Posted by paulunga

Days of Ruin (the best Advance Wars yet) came out in 2008, hold your stinkin horses Klepek. This also doesn't feel much like a successor, more like an alternate take on the genre.

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Posted by avengerdalton

Really looking forward to this.

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