Thanks to Empires Heaven for their interview with Stainless Steel Studios' head Rick Goodman
regarding the PC RTS title Empires: Dawn Of The Modern World
. He discusses why the game will become a trilogy by using expansion packs ("One of the compromises I think you make in Civilization 3 is, to cover that [large of a] period of time, you can't cover any one period very in-depth"
), and the circumstances that led to his split with Age Of Empires
creators Ensemble Studios
, which he co-founded ("Ensemble wanted to do their next game in a year, and I told them that I wasn't the kind of guy that could do a game in a year and I should probably go off and take whatever time I needed and let them take the time they needed."
) He concludes by discussing the difficulties of development: "One thing you learn [in the industry] that most gamers don't understand: that game development is a series of compromises."