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

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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20 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Never been a fan of this series

13. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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!

15. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

18. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 560; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

2. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

dont care

16. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

20. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 560; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

6. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

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

4. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

err.. what about Windows phones?

5. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

7. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 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!

9. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha! That was spot on!!

11. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 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 :)

8. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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

10. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

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

14. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

17. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

19. Jelmer97

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

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