Master of Magic is a title that gamers might recall from the early nineties: a classic and infinitely-replayable turn-based strategy game that quickly grew in popularity and acclaim. Slitherine has now acquired the IP rights for this series.
Slitherine is a company that has considerable pedigree when it comes to bringing back ancient strategy game-related intellectual properties, and Master of Magic is only the latest in a long line of such endeavors.
Slitherine's Development Director, Iain McNeil, sad that the company is "looking forward to working on this immensely popular franchise." Their expectations are grounded, however: "We know there is a high level of responsibility when we try and develop sequels or successors to popular IPs. We have proven it is possible to fulfil players expectations with the likes of Panzer Corps when it comes to work on these legendary products."
There are two sides to Slitherine, though. While we're big fans of their classic RTS and TBS projects, no less impressive is their business with the UK department of defense, who they're working with to develop high-end wargaming solutions.
It's interesting to point out that, back in 2013, Stardock was in talks about producing a new Master of Magic game, though those plans eventually fell through due to 'complex legal relationships'. With Slitherine owning the IP, that should no longer be an issue.
With so many exciting news in tow, who knows what's next for Slitherine. Stay tuned.