We got a good measure of how well big game companies are faring during the coronavirus pandemic. Activision-Blizzard
reported strong earnings Tuesday as more folks play games during quarantines and shelter-in-place orders. But I can’t stop thinking about a smaller piece of news … one that brings me back to my roots in PC gaming.
The reformed company announced the news Tuesday, along with its first three games. They’ll be coming to Steam, and they sure look and feel like classic MicroProse: Sea Power is a naval combat sim, and Task Force Admiral has you commanding a World War II carrier group in the Pacific. War games were part of MicroPose’s bread-and-butter, so this isn’t much of a surprise.
The first MicroProse game I remember with vivid detail is 1985’s Silent Service (a submarine game). At the time, it received praise for being the best sub game around. I can’t remember how many hours I spent sinking ships and doing my best to avoid depth charges from blowing up my sub. But one thing I’ll always remember is that logo, with the lines going through the “Micro” part of “MicroProse.”
Nostalgia only carries a game so far – MicroProse must ensure its games are good. Regardless, I’m happy that original MicroProse cofounder Bill Stealey is back and is bringing one of the beloved classic names in gaming.
And I’ll always be up for giving a new naval sim a go.
–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor