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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