Age of Empires Online launches August 16

Microsoft-published free-to-play PC real-time strategy game debuting this summer; premium content packs also available at launch for a price.

The iconic Age of Empires franchise has been dormant on the PC since the well-reviewed Asian Dynasties expansion hit Age of Empires III in 2007. Now, the series' newest entry--Age of Empires Online--is readying a fight on the PC this summer.

The dawn of Age of Empires: Online is nigh.

According to an announcement on the game's website, Age of Empires Online will premiere on August 16 for the PC, one year following its announcement at GamesCom 2010. It will be available both at retail and via www.AgeofEmpiresOnline.com.

The historical real-time strategy game will be available to play for free, but gamers can also purchase Premium Content Packs, which include booster packs and additional game modes, for a fee.

The free version of Age of Empires Online boasts "more than 40 hours" of gameplay, claims its publisher, and is in development at Gas Powered Games. The gameworld is described as "evolving and persistent," blending the real-time strategy elements the franchise is known for with massively multiplayer qualities.

For more on the title, check out the game's official FAQ, as well as GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Age of Empires Online.

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15 comments
oflow
oflow

@ladiesman17 if I could give you 10000 thumbs up i would. GFWL is the absolute worst piece of crap ever. Its ruined so many good games and even after all these years is still a big steaming pile.

MaDaStar
MaDaStar

For those taking an instant hate on for this game because of the art style or the online format, I wonder if you've even participated in the beta. I have, and now that it's over, I'm playing the pre-release. Now that the NDA is no more, I can say for sure that this is, and feels like an Age of Empires game. To be honest, it feels like a throw back to the original, without the annoyances, like having to rebuild farms. Nothing can top Age of Kings / Conquerors, but this game is a blast.

random-bob
random-bob

RIP Ensemble Studios. I have all the other AoE games, but this just doesn't look as interesting

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Rather than bothering with AoE online Microsoft should learn first how to optimizing their Games For Windows Live!! because as far as I know those service is a train wreck :( It busted.

tony_hak
tony_hak

Thankgod Ms got a brain on the right point in this game....

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

Gimmie an Age of Mythology port for the Xbox and I will be in hog heaven.

jono_51
jono_51

Who is "RobotEntertainment"? Gas Powered Games(supreme commander) is making this not them. If it goes well and makes GPG lots of money I'll be happy because they deserve it and then they might be able to work on Sup Com 3 :)

ElderonWise
ElderonWise

I am unsure how they will make an AOE 4 for a start Marc_JL31, but....this seems decent, just a shame it isn't made by Ensemble as they went out of business a few years back.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Seems cool. But I rather just have a AOE 4. AOE III was my first experience with it and liked it so much, I went back and played the first 2. This and Rise of Nations are the only RTS I really ever got into and Total War just doesnt feel the same. I want AOE back so I may have to try this.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

I could have gotten into the beta expect I wasn't going to create a xbl account but the thing is I already have one because of my hotmail account I had hotmail before M$ bought it

MrBlobz
MrBlobz

This game is really really fun, I am a beta tester and it does justice to the age franchise.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

It looked good until I saw the GFWL user interface.

starvinmarvin81
starvinmarvin81

So glad it's finally coming out. I was in the beta for a bit, but I didn't play it much because I wanted the achievements to count. Now they will, woohoo!