The New Age of Empires Likely Isn't What You Were Hoping For

Age of Empires: Castle Siege is coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in September.

A new Age of Empires game has been announced and will be available in September, Microsoft announced today. However, it's likely not the sort of continuation that fans of the real-time-strategy series were hoping for, as the new game--Age of Empires: Castle Siege--is a mobile/PC game that strongly resembles Clash of Clans.

Available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, Castle Siege has been designed with touch controls in mind. According to a post on the PlayXBLA blog, it "brings a fast-paced experience to touch-based screens while delivering all the strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for."

Today's announcement didn't provide much indication of what elements have been retained from the old games. The description of what players do--build up a city, defend it against attackers, and attack online players' castles--sounds more than a little like Clash of Clans, rather than previous Age of Empires games. The visuals have a decidedly cartoon-y look, and the presence of in-app purchases--this is a free-to-play game--are likely to turn off some players.

The six civilizations the game "starts off with" all return from previous games, including the Britons and the Teutonic Order (my personal favorite from the Age of Empires II days). Heroes like Charlemagne and Richard the Lionheart will be available for use at times, and you'll be able to connect with friends through Xbox Live to compete and compare leaderboard rankings. Progress is saved to your Gamertag, allowing for cross-platform play across Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The last original Age of Empires game to be released was Age of Empires Online in 2011, which was taken offline last month. Age of Empires II was re-released in the form of an HD Edition last year, and a mobile game, Age of Empires: World Domination, was announced earlier this year and is coming this fall. Ensemble Studios, the developer responsible for the earlier games in the series (as well as Halo RTS Halo Wars) was shut down in 2009. Earlier this year, Microsoft was hiring developers for a new entry in a "well-loved" strategy series, but we still don't know exactly what project that was for.

What do you make of this new Age of Empires? Will you give it a try for old times' sake, or you only interested in a new Age of Empires that resembles the older games? Let us know in the comments.

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146 comments
napreuse
napreuse

how about making age of empire 4 instead of this crap

Algearond
Algearond

Yah that's going to be a no. I was interested till I read the whole F2p/In-game purchases. 

reviveaoe
reviveaoe

Garb-Age of Empires

Where's the charm?

Why does it look so much like clash of clans? 

The castles look nothing like real, AOE II did a much better job. Will you now make purple and pink units and buildings too?

Piece of crap.

subhinavjoshi
subhinavjoshi

https://www.change.org/p/satya-nadella-revive-age-of-empires-online


I started this petition a little time ago. We all loved building bases , crushing our enemies , gathering resources etc which was beautifully portrayed in AOE Online. My only request to Microsoft is that if you cannot give us a successor please let the predecessor lead its legacy


Show your love n support for AOE Online Sign n Share 

Matcam89
Matcam89

When are we going to get real base building RTS games again? They have been teasing us with re-releases of some great games like Rise of Nations ect...but we need a new Base/Civilization building game like Empire Earth.

TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

this is probably the worse incarnation of age of empires ever. Even AoE online kept some aspects of the game in tact. but this is just terrible., I has nothing to do with the original games, the original genre for that matter.


is this really what the industry has come to?

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Honestly, what happened to Age of Empires? I just stopped caring when they released AoE3, but previously the games were great. It had potential to be something more, now that technology has improved.

It just seems like they're taking steps back.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Age of Empires is dead. The people who played the originals on PC aren't going to be fooled by this. This is just more trash with the name of a once great franchise taped on to it.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Another mobile piece of garbage disgrace to a previously good series.


Who do you think you are, EA?

mdign
mdign

Clash of Empires

thegroveman
thegroveman

"Oops, you're out of moves for 37 minutes!  Pay 2 jewels to unlock INSTANT MOVES!!!! Only $1.99"

solid_snake1461
solid_snake1461

Back in my childhood, the RTS was more like a Great War between 3 giants: Age of Empires, Starcraft and C&C. Sadly, of those jewels, only the Starcraft still stands its ground now. And even so, it's glory is fading fast when it's too focus on the online competition nowadays. It's terrible to see that the once great RTS genre is descending into such silly flash game like Clash of Clan these days. This could very well be the bell signaling the end of the genre.

MetaMods
MetaMods

MS is going to said we support PC but no one supporting PC games...........


Yes make a REAL PC games not some spin-off crap and just want money out of it.


Learn from other developers

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

What do you make of this new Age of Empires?  It completely and absolutely sucks


Will you give it a try for old times' sake?  Hell no


or you only interested in a new Age of Empires that resembles the older games?   Answer is obvious.  Yes

tomahawk08
tomahawk08

This is like your first love growing up to be a p0rn star..

carbinemess
carbinemess

no, why did they turn an original into another Clash of Clans clone :(

atopp399
atopp399

I wonder if it will be as good as EA's attempt at Dungeon Defender?

CnConrad
CnConrad

I will give Clash of Clans it's due it was a well-thought-out game. But dear Lord all these generic clones by big-name developers using classic names is just sacrilege.

All I can say is at least this was not a command and conquer game.

almightymango
almightymango

Thanks for ruining a once great series, msoft thanks a lot! Mobile games are ruining all of my old favourite pc games

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Generic overpriced skinnerbox cloning systems from kixeye and other pay to win trash on facebook using the Age of Empires name merely to draw suckers.

Pewbert
Pewbert

RIP Age of Empires. You used to be awesome.

blackothh
blackothh

Microsoft and games.............to think they used to know how to make good ones.........


To be honest, I like the graphics style they picked. I enjoyed Age of Empires online untill they threw a major pay wall at you and im not surprised that they had to pull it after everyone else didnt like the pay wall either.


Just make a regular game!

uninspiredcup
uninspiredcup

Microosoft renewing faith of pc gamers... yep.

croxus
croxus

IMO the saddest thing is that the set up is medieval and not classical...

marlobc
marlobc

Are they trying to compete with  Clash of clans /Boom beach ? Well they will fail

nickske1
nickske1

Companies who make mobile "games" blind themselves with the idea of "The game is free to download and play, but if you like, you can buy extra stuff with real money" And that "extra stuff" is in every mobile game a necessity to actually play and "enjoy" the game. "Sorry! You can attack an opponent again in [1h30m] but pay 20 gems to attack now!" We all know this kind of crap. And don't ever use the word "games" to describe these abominations.

memenotu
memenotu

Well, this IS Microsoft's company vision. A future of everything mobile, cheap(on their end), generic, basic and brings back gaming that was out dated 14 years ago, because...touchscreens.

smurfa1
smurfa1

As long as I'm not forced into microtransactions I will probably play it. It reminds me little of Stronghold: Crusader.

jemoedr
jemoedr

Well, not as bad as the new Dungeon Keeper...


But screw this! Mobile gaming is becoming a cancer of the gaming industry!

Microsoft studios should focus on a new decent PC version of Age of Empires.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Mobile gaming is going to be remembered as the market that ruined so many franchises by giving up creativity and ambition for innovation for the sake of easy money.

jotalandia
jotalandia

The Dawn, the Golden Age and the Fall.

anakvunky
anakvunky

pfft just when I buy AOE collection on humblebundle....

Julio_Brutal
Julio_Brutal

@solid_snake1461 AOE, SC, C&C and Warcraft. I played all those like hell. And when we got sick of RTS, we could just play Diablo or Diablo 2.

Nowadays, Warcraft is mmo (which i hate), AOE is dead, C&C is dead, SC2 I like only the campaign, which I can finish by a day or two. And when we get sick of those, we can play that Diablo 3 crap.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@solid_snake1461 yet I always considered WC3 MILES above starcraft. It required wayyyy more skills. But yeah..I miss the good old C&C: Tiberian Sun,red alert and generals...and Renegade

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

@solid_snake1461 I feel like the traditional RTS has been dead for a while. It's mostly been replaced with modern genres like tower defense, MOBAs and MMO strategy games.

Freaky_King
Freaky_King

@smurfa1 Then you should probably get Stronghold Crusader 2 which coming out soon.

coop36
coop36

@jemoedr Maybe this is just a weird phase in the industry? I remember it was around 2007-08 when suddenly every game thought it had to have tacked-on multiplayer features. Maybe the whole 'Free to play' and mobile gaming frenzy is much of the same? 

smurfa1
smurfa1

@coop36 @jemoedr  I hope you're right. The paid games I have on my Windows Phone are pretty good, like Mass Effect: Infiltration, Contre Jour, geoDefense and Rayman. These are games that make good use of the platform and is fun to play while on the bus or train.


The F2P (or rather pay-to-win) market on phones are often forcing you to use microtransactions, at what point I just stop playing it. This is a problem seen at the PC market as well, but not to the same extenct.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@smurfa1 @coop36 @jemoedr Meh, the "games" might be fun, but when gaming the mobiles battery life is so drastically shorter :(


And i can't really call them games...