Age of Empires III expands again

Microsoft's popular RTS will get Asian Dynasties add-on this fall; Big Huge Games taking dev reins from Ensemble.

Since its launch in October 2005, Age of Empires III has been a success story for Microsoft Game Studios. Through March, the latest installment in the long-running real-time strategy series has sold nearly 875,000 copies in the US, according to the NPD Group. Its first expansion, Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, also did fairly well, selling roughly 158,000 copies domestically since it hit retail last October.

Today, Microsoft announced that AOEIII, as fans call it, is expanding again. Due in the fall for XP and Vista PCs, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will take the series to the Orient, introducing three new civilizations. Though Microsoft isn't revealing exactly which Asian nations will be featured in the game, it did say that it will be set during the period from the late-15th to the late-19th centuries.

The Asian Dynasties will also introduce several new gameplay features, including new methods of winning the game and fostering commerce. It will also sport 15 new wonders based on Asian history, and "remixes" of several Asia-based maps from previous Age of Empires games.

With longtime AOE developer Ensemble Studios hard at work on the forthcoming Halo Wars, development of the expansion is being handled by Big Huge Games, maker of the award-winning Rise of Nations series. For more about the project, read GameSpot's exclusive interview with Big Huge Games CEO Brian Reynolds.

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100 comments
HAG0P
HAG0P

can someone please please please tell me if you need to have the war chiefs installed to be able to install this game?

kalran2nd
kalran2nd

This game is going to be amazing just like the rest of the AOE games!!Mac users stop **** because you bought a crap!!! If you want to spend that kind of money and play games buy an Alienware!!!!!!!!! They rock and are far better then any MAC on the market!!!!!!!!!

The_Never
The_Never

they need to get Japan in there.

Vivek788
Vivek788

I have aoe III first game with me...how do I get the updates and all?

rogermao
rogermao

woot! go AOE! i'm thinking china is gonna be in there, they were pretty powerful at that time, silk road

asdf42asdf
asdf42asdf

Sweet!!! This is going to be like the 7th AOE game. (9 if you count the 2 RON games.)

MuffinPunk
MuffinPunk

Where's the love for us MAC users? Guess I'll keep playing AOEIII and the get the warchiefs expansion soon.

SeanHaley
SeanHaley

I hope it is within my price range and the abilty of my PC!

UzEE
UzEE

Cool. I hope they Include Pakistan in it.

aafuss
aafuss

Hope there'll be a Mac port by MacSoft.

Grandpa1676
Grandpa1676

As a avid player of AOE III and the expansion, I am looking forward to the Asian culture to be added to a great game.

cobrax80
cobrax80

age of empires is a great rts series

broojo02
broojo02

Sounds interesting, its amazing to think that it only came out in 2005 yet it is still so popular. I can't wait to see the new weapons we are going to get with the asians.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

A good idea I believe. Maybe more expansion will bring AOEIII up in line with it's predecessor, AOEII.

linkthewindow
linkthewindow

Its being made by Big Huge, so I might get it.

aznkid254
aznkid254

im definitely gonna have to get this cuz asians wage war the best lmao

rottenjoe
rottenjoe

wow. this game is expanding.. even though not many ppl play the game online.. that is why i left it.. sorry..

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

another sweet addition to AOEIII

JamesSharp
JamesSharp

Japan, China, India are my bet.... Taiping Rebellion would be a fascinating scenario.

canana
canana

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rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Wow, I need to get the first expansion still.. Hopefully this one won't be too expensive cause I don't want to have to pay a ton on just expansions.

wheatleya
wheatleya

For all of you guys saying india, it was part of the british empire when the game is set, so it doesnt seem likely they'd have their own faction

zeuspower
zeuspower

I like Age of Empires, but my favorites are Age of Kings and Conquerors, because the game-play and mobility are more simple. AEO3 is very difficult, only a good graphics and images.

MedevilDragon
MedevilDragon

I hope that Microsoft will bring Age of Empires III to X360 soon, Since I think C&C3 was a good game even though I hate EA.

Californio
Californio

This is too great, some says Japanese, Chinese and Korean...

antoniont1
antoniont1

I guess the Chinese and Japanese will be in it. The remaining one might not be Korean - I would guess India or Malay.

elozl
elozl

Well, another add on is not bad!! But i want to see a WW 1 and 2 AOE!!

Mr_Fluff_
Mr_Fluff_

i donno, Command and Conquer 3 still sits pretty strong with me. I might pick this up when its in the bargain bin.

SirAndyII
SirAndyII

3 new civs = Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans. Just like in AOE II

hojobojo
hojobojo

Russians are already in the game anyway they're not asian

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

i want them to have one set in the 20th century

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Asian Dynasties? japanese, chinese and russians no doubt

plodski2004
plodski2004

the campaigns that may be included could be the many battles during china's resistance against british rule, meiji era japan going through the turbulent years or the russio-japanese war when russia actually captured small southern island of japan (which russia continued to own during WW2 and even today)

Doolum
Doolum

more expeansions.great

bad_boy_sam123
bad_boy_sam123

no mention on the expansion for mac computers. figures.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

i got a feeling that the campaign would feature a struggling Qing Dynasty fighting off foreign influences and a Boxer Rebellion, while Japan would be forced to open its doors to the Western Countries

Elrasiel
Elrasiel

Yeah AOE2 was awsome but too bad that microjunk only put some money in making it look pretty instate of the gameplay...

52145
52145

toooooooooooooooooooo late!!! I'm not playing this game anymore.

serpent_jack
serpent_jack

OMG, not another pretentious and inaccurate Asian themed game....

funsohng
funsohng

Big Huge Games!!!!!!!!!!! i dont like the AOE series though...

solidsnakeEx3
solidsnakeEx3

Warchiefs is awesome, if this new one is anything close to it, I'm sold.