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Microsoft’s 'Age of Empires' coming to Android and iOS

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Microsoft’s 'Age of Empires' coming to Android and iOS
Microsoft will bring one of its most popular game franchises, ‘Age of Empires,’ to both Android and Apple’s iOS platforms. The Redmond company has partnered with Japanese KLab to adapt the game for the booming mobile market.

‘Age of Empires’ is a historical real-time strategy game that first launched for Windows back in 1997. The game has gotten a lot of sequels since then boosting the graphics and enriching the gameplay, but the RTS core has remained.

It might sound strange for Microsoft to debut its games on Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android, but the company has already published some games like Wordamen and Kincetimals on the two platforms. While its Xbox console is big, it’s clear that mobile is eating into console gaming’s share and this move seems reasonable.

What’s more interesting is that ‘Age of Empires’ is said to be free to play. Does this mean it will follow the popular but annoying freemium model with in-app purchases, offer a free trial or become free altogether is an open question. There is no specific information what version of the game will Microsoft bring to mobile, but right below just for illustration we have screengrabs from destkop AoE releases.

source: Reuters

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posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:44

1. papss (unregistered)


Never been a fan of this series

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 09:06 10

13. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


You're crazy. I got ranked top 5 in DM for age of empires 3 back when I used to play in 2007 or so. This game is the best!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 10:45 5

15. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Its one of the best PC platform strategy games in history!!! Can't wait!!!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 15:20 1

18. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Agreed, I can't wait for this game to release on the android OS.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:48 1

2. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)


dont care

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:14 4

16. amats69 (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


why care to exert an effort and post a comment on this article?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 21:49

20. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


don't believe it since you took the time to make a comment

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:48 7

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I've loved the series! Spend my childhood playing the First AoE, the Conquerors, Age of Kings and then AoE III. By the way which release of AoE is being ported to phone? Any ideas?
It'll be a delight to play on large screen lablets, but not meant for phones for sure.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:25

6. tadaa (Posts: 224; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


i think its the online version that they're porting. would be cool to see it go cross platform

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:50 3

4. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


err.. what about Windows phones?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:00 1

5. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Actually game of this kind is not really playable on phone sized screens. If you had played then you should know what I'm talking about. And of course Win8 tablets can run the original one pretty fine.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:35

7. indianapple89 (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


I agree. The UI and placement of controls is something that they have to get spot-on! Otherwise it will just interfere with gameplay. If they can pull that off, then hats off!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:58 4

9. muhsen (Posts: 239; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


its coming to windows phone afterwards (read the source) but phonearena thought that android and ios r good enough to make a title that grabs attention which will drive some wp users to comment " what about windows phone " ? to bring more attention and more comments

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:41

12. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Haha! That was spot on!!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:22 1

11. juandante (Posts: 232; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


A bit stupid it doesn't come on Windows Phone whereas it's a originaly Windows game... Anyway waiting for Empire Earth, no idea how they will set up the controls for a touchscreen phone but it's way better than Ages of Empire in my opinion :)

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:55

8. muhsen (Posts: 239; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


u forgot that its also coming to windows phone afterwards....have u read the whole article from the source u mentioned ?
typical phonearena .....take the snippet u want from the news and leave the rest

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:10

10. Shrihari (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


this was one among my most favorite games....

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 10:22

14. amats69 (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Wow! I really love this game.I'm excited to play this in my HTC one! With no lags! :-)

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:15

17. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I never got in to Age because I was too busy play civ.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 15:38

19. Jelmer97 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


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