Monaco dev’s next game is control pad RTS Armada

Thursday, 13th March 2014 00:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Monaco developer Pocketwatch Games is working on a real-time strategy designed to be played with twin analog sticks rather than keyboard and mouse.


Codenamed Armada, the project aims to recreate the RTS experience in a way that is control pad friendly – something that hasn’t been very successful in the past despite efforts like Halo Wars, RUSE and Endwar – and to make an RTS that is both deep and accessible.

“Maybe it’s just nostalgia speaking, but I want to play an RTS game that feels like a battle of wits, not a battle of clicks,” Monaco designer Andy Schatz wrote on the developer’s blog.

“I want to compete at a high level, but I also want to be able to introduce the RTS genre to my friends at a party. I want an RTS where the strategy is creative and complex and the micro is accessible and fun.”

Players will build bases, raises armies and battle – but although the team wants to ensure everything feels as fun as in a traditional keyboard-and-mouse RTS, it’s making some significant changes to the formula. Players will not issue direct orders, instead acting independently according to their unit type’s AI. However, some units will follow the Champion player character, allowing you to direct battle.

Competition, co-op and modding are all things the team is keeping in mind.

The project is only one month into development and as such has no release date or platform information.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. DinoHunter

    Just when I thought RTS games are becoming “generic” a certain Andy Schatz came up with perfect arguments.

    What I like about RTS games is that they make you think as you create your base, gather resources and build an army – an exercise of the mind that can help you with your daily tasks.

    The last RTS game I’ve played using a controller was Crossfire, it was hard at first but you’ll eventually get used to it. Maybe that’s why RTS games are becoming popular in app stores as they are easy to play using touch screen technology.

    Mobile RTS games somehow inspire game developers to innovate the genre and many upcoming titles really look cool like this Winterfort game I came across lately:

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