Age of Empires coming to Android and iOS

Real-time strategy series Age of Empires will make its iOS and Android debut.

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Microsoft's Age of Empires series looks set to appear on iOS and Android devices this year as a result of a licensing agreement between Japanese developer KLab and Microsoft.

The Age of Empires series is coming to mobile.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei (gated link), reported that Microsoft has struck a deal with KLab to develop Android and iOS versions of its first-party games.

A Microsoft representative has confirmed with GameSpot that a mobile version of the Age of Empires series is being developed for mobile devices as a result of the partnership, with no other games currently announced.

The mobile version of Age of Empires will follow a free-to-play model, and will be released by the end of the 2013 financial year.

The Microsoft representative told GameSpot:
"Today, KLab Inc announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp to develop a mobile version of Microsoft Studio’s 'Age of Empires' franchise…some reports included incorrect information about additional Xbox Live-based games on iOS and Android, but there are no further announcements beyond 'Age of Empires' at this time."

Discussion

64 comments
Nightelf123
Nightelf123

I like age of empires 2 more than 1.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Finally MS acknowledge the power of its rival Apple & Google. MS always have a gracious behavior withe its rivals which make it THE GREAT.

WiredDreemz
WiredDreemz

It would be so cool if it became a portable title as well. I loved AOE in its heyday!

Halloll
Halloll

I wan't AOE2 on every system, it was ported to PS2 so I don't see why not.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

Stop re-releasing the game and just remake it!!!!

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

If it's anything at all like AoEII, then I'm sold. I've been wanting that game on my phone for a loooong time.

Hopefully the inevitable micro-transactions don't pollute it too much.

drokmore
drokmore

I hope it's not a retread of previous versions and at least represents it's own world to some degree.

Metronoid
Metronoid

Makes me wish to have an IPhone or Android.

ggregd
ggregd

$5 says its a port of the DS version.

cbxero
cbxero

That's too bad, because I would have paid a few bucks for a real version of AoE, but since it's free-to-play I won't bother with it.

b10nutz
b10nutz

What we really want is a new AOE not some Android, iOS version of the game.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

They had me until the "Free to play" part.  I refuse to download anything that's pay-to-win.

darshandk
darshandk

I want...... age of mythology 2

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

A classic Microsoft flagship title(s), to be sure. Strange then it's not coming to Xbox Live or Windows Phone in some form or other. Guess the free-to-play mobile market on Android and iOS is more profitable, and where the profit is, M$ is sure to follow.

kay2kid
kay2kid

If they port AoE 2 exactly the same just with touch features...I am already sold.

Ovirew
Ovirew

After seeing tons of crappy 'rts' games in app form, I don't have much hope for this one.  It'll probably be the lowest point in AOE history.

Pmsmm
Pmsmm

It's a great series, Age Of Empires as always been a great game, never disappointed me so far and I think that it's really great that the game moves to Android and IOS because it will be great for the company and also for the fans of that game, and who knows maybe we haven't seen the last of Age Of Empires, maybe we can see an Age of Empires IV which in my opinion would be great.

fenton_pat
fenton_pat

Slightly concerned though.  I read elsewhere that the company doing the conversion is not known for doing the best quality work.  I fear this may be one more notch on the bedpost of badly ported games :( . If done right though, I'd be curious enough to download and play.

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

Its mad that phones can run these games now. I remember when they came out on pc. Great games.

commander1122
commander1122

one very important question.....WHY THE FXXK Microsoft dun just make age of empire 4????...instead of making crap AOE online and aoe HD remkae....and nothing look like HD.... and now this shit....

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

I can't wait... AOE on my Ipad will be amazing

leif3141
leif3141

All I hate to say is...HELL YES!!! :D

blackadder88
blackadder88

yes ........... i hop Warcraft 1 and 2 .           come     Android.    


SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

omg mobile gaming needs to die, it's not even real gaming, come MS make something proper for you own operating system for once =/

Jasurim
Jasurim

Ahh, the memories. :P

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

As an iPad owner and a Lover of this series THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!

johnaom
johnaom

i want age of empire 4 on pc not this bullshit 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Microsoft: Make games for anyone except for Windows....

drokmore
drokmore

@Pyrosa I know I'd rather "play" a game then pay to win a game.

jessie82
jessie82

@darshandk for PC sure anything else ill pass.. aoe online was complete arse

FabledVeteran
FabledVeteran

@Ovirew Only good strategy game I've played on a mobile was Civ Rev... which was actually really well made 

Death9897
Death9897

@deadpeasant Yeah. A decade ago you could only run a game such as snake or something on phones. Now you can play a lot of console quality games(i.e N.O.V.A., CoD zombies, Raven Sword) on your phone or tablet. Its kind of weird but fun.

NewDrust
NewDrust

@commander1122 Because Ensemble Studios "died" some years ago. Think about it, Ensemble did a really nice job with all the AOE titles, if Microsoft tries to do it without them, how do you think the next AOE will be?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Trickymaster Lol, that's exactly how it appears. Your OS is on almost every computer in the world, but you don't support it with games for some reason. Games For Windows Live does not count as supporting your OS with games. Although it might seem odd/ignorant/childish to accuse MS of not supporting Windows with games, because they can't control the PC platform like the Xbox platform, that's probably part of the reason. Until the PC allows more Player Control, Microsoft is not interested.