And yet any AOM fan on these or other boards will tell you that AOM sold wonderfully and was the best of the series and that RE has abandoned their fanbase by not simply remaking AOM.
Everyone always thinks their thing is the best thing.
And yet even someone from the original Ensemble Studios, in trying to defend a less popular game, states that AoM sold less units.
"But Fischer rejects the idea that AoM was somehow a failure or less successful than Ensemble's other titles, blaming this perception on outrageous expectations for how many units could be sold. "
"Within Ensemble lore, there's a famous meeting from the start of the project ? the initial sales projection was illustrated by shading columns representing the sales of Age of Empires and Age of Kings, drawing a line between these two columns, and then extending the line at the same 89 degree angle to arrive at a prediction for Age of Mythology. I don't think many people understood how much of an anomaly [in sales] Age of Kings was at that time."
- Ian Fischer
I think that lends more weight to the statement that AoE was the more popular game, and that everything produced by Ensemble subsequent to AoE2 was a failure in comparison to AoE2.
I would even go so far as to say that Ensemble got so caught up in the Microsoft buyout that they lost site of what their fans enjoyed about the two games which made them so popular, that they then developed themselves into oblivion with AoM and AoE3. Now RE, MS, and GPG are going to continue to go down that same path. I would say that MS and RE are deaf to what their fans want.
I think Bruce Shelley would agree with me.