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Age of Empires Online
Age of Empires Online

PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Gas Powered Games Official Site: http://ageofempiresonline.com
Publisher: Microsoft
Age of Empires Online

Genre: Strategy
Developer: Gas Powered Games
Official Site: http://ageofempireson...
Publisher: Microsoft
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:56pm 02/07/14 | 1 Comments
Age of Empires Online, the MMO-like take on Microsoft's classic strategy series, has officially come to an end today with developer Gas Powered Games delivering a final farewell on their blog.

"The most thanks, though, belong to you, the players of the game," read a statement from the studio. "It has been a pleasure and an honor serving you all. Thank you for the time you have spent with us, exploring all these little worlds together and conquering them for the glory of your Alliance and your Empire. Thank you especially for the times you spent with each other, in PVP matches, in co-op quests, and in the forums and the rest of the internet. Thank you for playing."

Since its launch in August 2011, AoE Online players took on more than 500 million single-player quests, another 13.7 million multiplayer quests, and 2 million arena matches. All this activity racked up 2.2 billion in Empire Points (EP). Servers will be taken down permanently starting today at 4PM Pacific Time, six months after fans received word that the online title would not be receiving any new content.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Post by Dan @ 11:39am 20/08/13 | 2 Comments
Microsoft has since removed the offending text from the support page Age of Empires Online, but not before the Internet made note of a paragraph that suggested that the much maligned Games for Windows Live service is scheduled to be discontinued in July 2014 (thanks Polygon).
Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down.
The service's enduring unpopularity as an intrusive, and often superfluous, extra layer of DRM in many games makes the move seem like a long time coming, and does make sense with the imminent phasing out of Microsoft Points.

Microsoft's swift removal of the suggestive text might indicate that they're not completely committed to the July 2014 date, so we'll have to wait for more formal confirmation, but it does look like the writing is on the wall.

Outside of Microsoft's own games like Halo 2, Fable 3 and Shadowrun, Games for Windows Live was implemented in a number of major third party PC titles in recent years such as Grand Theft Auto 4, Bulletstorm, Dark Souls, and Resident Evil 5. Should the service stop, it is uncertain if the publishers of these games will make efforts to ensure that they would still be playable.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Post by Eorl @ 12:34pm 26/06/13 | 5 Comments
Microsoft will be bringing a number of its console and PC titles to the iOS and Android markets, one of which will be free-to-play title Age of Empires Online.

Reuters is reporting that a recent tie-up with Japanese smartphone game maker Klab Inc will "bring Microsoft's Xbox and Windows-based computer games to the iPhone and smartphones using Google Inc's Android operating system."

Microsoft has issued an official statement on the matter, revealing that "a mobile version of Microsoft Studio's Age of Empires franchise" can be expected sometime during the end of the year for both iOS and Android systems. Plans are also in place to launch the game on other systems including the Windows Phone. According to the statement however the initial reporting "included incorrect information" about additional titles making their way to the mobile platforms, revealing that no plans have yet been finalised.

Age of Empires Online is currently available to play on PC for free.
Friday, 4 January 2013
Post by Eorl @ 11:14am 04/01/13 | 3 Comments
According to a new blog post by developer Gas Powered Games, the online version of Age of Empires will be ceasing new content production, claiming that "creating top-tier content, as we have been for the last year and a half, is very expensive." While this isn't the best of news, the blog also outlines that the game is far from "dead" with a short amount of new content still in production to wrap things up, however general support, forums and everything else will continue.
Is AOEO dying? No. Nothing is changing for the existing game. You can still do all the things you do today; we’re not taking away anything you already have. There will be no new civilizations or features, that’s all.

Will I still get support for game problems? Yes. This does not change anything for community or customer support. We still have this forum, the digital manual, support tickets, etc. You are still a valued customer, and will be as long as you are playing the game. We aren’t going away.

What about bug fixes? Fixing any remaining bugs and addressing balance issues will be slower and, frankly, more difficult for the team. Some may, in fact, be unfixable. We will be watching carefully in case any critical bugs appear.

Why no more content? Because creating top-tier content, as we have been for the last year and a half, is very expensive—too expensive to maintain for long, as it turns out. We can no longer afford to keep creating it. AOEO already has a very large amount of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment, and adding more is no longer cost-effective.
While new content has ceased for Age of Empires Online, Gas Powered Games has revealed a new countdown timer on their website, named Project W. It isn't known whether this will be something tied to Age of Empires Online, or simply an entirely new project, but keep an eye out on AusGamers for the latest news.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Post by Eorl @ 03:51pm 28/03/12 | 14 Comments
It seems Age of Empires has no boundaries, with recent news that the Free-to-Play game has made its way over to Steam and is available now to play. The latest in the long-running Age of Empires franchise, Age of Empires Online allows players to play as some of the greatest ancient civilisations including the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, and Celts.
As players grow their empires and look for new adventures, Age of Empires Online delivers the opportunity to buy new Premium Content Packs – everything from entirely new civilizations to Booster Packs with new game modes and more. It’s the biggest Age of Empires game ever.

What’s more, Age of Empires Online adds new social interaction, customization, and MMORPG gameplay in an evolving and persistent world. Play co-operatively or competitively, craft and trade items, and level up by completing quests – all for free! Plus, Age of Empires Online still offers all the classic RTS gameplay, empowering players to build mighty empires, manage resources, earn rewards, and battle their way into rich new worlds full of lively villagers, epic warriors, and historically-themed architecture.
While some may scoff at the more cartoon cel-shaded style art, overall it seems to be quite a fun game, and at the very least a well-shaped free-to-play title. Also to celebrate coming to Steam, all Civilisation and Booster Packs are 50%, which offers a range of new content.

Check out the Steam store page for more info, as well as our game page which has all the latest screenshots and trailers for your viewing.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:11pm 24/08/11 | 7 Comments
Last week, Microsoft relaunched their much-loved real-time strategy Series Age of Empires with a new "fremium" title, developed by Gas Powered Games of Supreme Commander and Dungeon Siege fame (who continued the work started by some of the original AoE Ensemble Studios team).
“Age of Empires Online” is a bold new twist on a franchise so many have grown to love with the addition of more social capabilities and a customizable and persistent experience. Play the entire game for free or upgrade with a broad selection of Premium Content Packs. You decide, because in this new age, YOU RULE.
Our resident strategy buff Kosta has been putting the game through it's paces and you can find out all his thoughts in this in-depth review.

Age of Empires Online can be found over at ageofempiresonline.com as well as regular retail stores for Windows PC.