Sega likes taking risks – that’s a clear thing now, since they have decided to announce that the PC version of their upcoming real time strategy Stormrise will be Vista exclusive. If you wonder how something like that is possible, I’ll tell you: it’s because the game only works with DirectX 10 which only works on Windows Vista. Nice thing we found that tutorial on how to get the most out of Vista for gaming, right?
No matter if you agree or not, Sega did it and they have solid reasons for that. According to game’s lead designer Artem Kulakov: “DX10 has offered a lot of advantages over DX9. First of all, DirectX 10 allowed us to simplify the rendering engine. It matches capabilities of next generation consoles better than DX9, which is important for us considering that Stormrise is a multi-platform title. We had fewer driver-specific compatibility issues with Stormrise compare to our previous games released with DX9.”
Maybe the company just wanted to make sure that everybody who has XP sticks to Empire: Total War and didn’t find any other way of putting it. Either way, I’m sure this move will cost the developers quite a few users… Personally I don’t like how gaming and Vista work together.