Microsoft announced that Age of Empires: World Domination is coming this summer to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The real-time strategy game was previously revealed last July, so it's not a stretch to assume that it will come out exactly one year later.
AOE: WD is developed by Japan's KLab, also behind games such as Fantastic Eleven, Crystal Casters, Eternal Uprising, and Lord of the Dragons. Judging by the trailer, the new AOE title leaves zero doubt about its origins. For starters, there's no trace of awkward 3D models and murky textures - KLab has opted for hand-painted, two-dimensional graphics, which look a tad too sweet, but then again, this is an all-ages game. Literally.
In addition, the game will let you lead the Celts, Huns, Franks, and Vikings through battles, and along the way, you will meet King Arthur, Cnut the Great, Joan of Arc, and Attila the Hun. Now, we have to admit that the cartoonish graphics and the focus on famous war heroes do give out some uncomfortable "modern day mobile gaming" vibes - you know, buy X amount of resources to advance past this stage, buy N amount of currency to unlock Joanne's epic sword of epicness, rate 5 stars to get in-game cash, etc. Let's hope that Age of Empires will be spared of ill-thought out moneygrabs. Alas, it's not yet known whether the game will be paid, or "freemium".