Publisher MicroProse returns after almost 20 years

Publisher MicroProse returns after almost 20 years

Old school publisher MicroProse is making a comeback after close to two decades.

The label has been bought by Australian tech executive David Lagettie of Titan IM and Virtual Simulation Systems fame. The last time the MicroProse was active was with 2002's Grand Prix 4. The company was bought by French company Infogrames in that year.

The firm's original founder Bill Stealey has also come back to sit on the company's board, as well as a consultant for the new publisher.

The new MicroProse has three games on its launch slate, all of which are within the company's typical strategy and sim market, Sea Power, Hexdraw and Task Force Admiral.

"There's been quite a surge in retro gaming," Lagettie told

"A lot of the older MicroProse games are selling quite well on Steam. We're here to appeal to quite a wide demographic among gamers. I think the average gamer today is 34 years-old, and a lot of them probably have some recollection of MicroProse or their dads playing those games. The games we're producing will appeal to a lot of different people -- not just the people that remember MicroProse."

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