Age of Empires MMO in the works?

Ensemble Studios is looking for an "experienced server architect to assist in creating a world-class massively multiplayer game."

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Want to know what Microsoft Game Studios is up to? Check its job listings. Last week, two ads on the site for Rare, one of the developers in the software giant's eponymous suite of studios, revealed it was developing games for rival Nintendo's DS handheld.

Now it appears a want ad has exposed the plans of another member of the Microsoft Game Studios family. Ensemble Studios, maker of the award-winning Age of Empires real-time strategy series, apparently has its sights set on the massively multiplayer online genre. The official Web site of the Dallas-based studio is currently taking submissions for the position of an "experienced server architect to assist in creating a world-class massively multiplayer game."

Although the Ensemble job listing does say "experience with shipping an existing massively multiplayer game is a must," it does not specify what type of MMOG Ensemble is working on. While many speculate that Ensemble is following in the footsteps of Blizzard Entertainment's RTS-inspired MMO role-playing game World of Warcraft, nothing is yet official. "We do not have comment at this time," was all a Microsoft spokesperson would tell GameSpot.

Discussion

4 comments
leoleez
leoleez

i think they are just trying to add connectivity to RTS genre... or it was the Halo MMO that leaked

G4mbl3
G4mbl3

Will it be just another WoW-esque MMO or will it be like a huge war on a grand scale? If so, that would be pretty sweet.

Maestro_AKQ
Maestro_AKQ

I think I speak for all fans of the series when I say please do not dumb this game down and crush players under the grinding wheel. The series is about war, massive armies and empires battling. You cant dumb it down. If there will be a monthly payment it should have every benefit of the series and more, the fun level should be even greater. How that can be done is anyones guess but I definitely look forward to hearing more about this crazy awesomeness.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Since I'm the first person, do I get the job?