As spotted by Joystiq's sister site Big Download
in a recent gameplay trailer, ex-Ensemble Studios co-founder Bruce Shelley
is working on Ubisoft's next installment in the Settlers
series, The Settlers 7
. Oh, what's that? You've never heard of the Settlers
franchise? That's okay, we're right there with you.
Popular in Europe (like Jerry Lewis, but less obnoxious), the city-building sim developed by Blue Byte Software will apparently get Shelley's input as a "game design consultant" -- and considering the pedigree that comes with Shelley, we have to imagine that, If you're into that kind of thing, it's time to start getting totally psyched
. The game is currently in beta and will be headed to PCs in "late March."