RTS franchise goes online as a persistent online world is added to the mix

Age of Empires resurfaces

Having just announced that it is to resurrect the Flight Simulator series, Microsoft has also confirmed a return for another classic PC IP – real time strategy series Age of Empires.

As the name suggests this new title in the series, called Age of Empires Online, will take the game online via a persistent “living, growing online world” that continues to develop even when players are not online.

It’s a Games for Windows Live title and will support free-to-play elements, though the nature of these remains unclear.

Sporting a more colourful, cartoony visual style than the historically accurate graphics and presentation that has typified the series over the years, the game looks like a radical departure from the series that was feared dead after the closure of its former developer Ensemble in 2008.

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