RIP Age of Empires Online

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The Microsoft-published free-to-play RTS Age of Empires Online is officially no more. The game's planned closure took place yesterday, July 1, with servers permanently shutting down at 4 p.m. PDT.

"All good things must come to an end, and that time has come for Age of Empires Online," reads an update on the game's website. "It is time for the barbarian hordes to ride off into the sunset for the final time."

Age of Empires Online launched in August 2011. At launch, there were only two civilizations to play (the Greeks and Egyptians), but the lineup was later expanded to include the Persians, the Celts, and Babylonians, and the Norse. The game was initially developed by Robot Entertainment, but Supreme Commander studio Gas Powered Games would later take over.

Active development on Age of Empires Online ended in January this year, with executive producer Kevin Perry explaining that creating new content for the game was "too expensive to maintain." You can see some of the game's lifetime statistics in the image below.

Though the days of Age of Empires Online have come to a close, Microsoft will release a new free-to-play Age of Empires game on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone this summer. The game is called Age of Empires: World Domination, and it will let players choose between armies like the Celts, Vikings, Franks, and Huns.

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Did people really play this though? I tried it, was fun for a bit but then I just stopped.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> help for this Petition for back up this awsome game!!!!!

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AoE2, CC: Red Alert 2 were the games that made me get into PC. I then tried Diablo 2, StarCraft. Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.


I remember playing those games, all in the same time frame. That's when I realized that gaming wasn't just about consoles. Spoiled with quality games.

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Play War Thunder. Totally different genre but the best free to play mmo I have ever played.

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Well that sucks, my condolences for those who love this game.

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It is interesting that single player was far more popular than co-op and versus for an "Online" game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Versus died out day one because the people that paid for a civ had better armies than the people that didn't pay.

It wasn't well thought-out by Microsoft to say the least...

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f2p f'ing killed this game...other than that, it was flawless. Had it been a standard $50.00 game it would have been aces.

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This franchise defined PC gaming for me in the 90's (when I used to play PC back then). Sadly, it died along with Ensemble :(

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hope AOE 4 will go back to the ancient times (rome, egypt ...etc)


and restore the glory of old

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Good. I'm glad this POS excuse for an AoE game got its final nail in the coffin. Now give us a proper AoE game.

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Who didn't see that coming other than Microsoft? If they had created a sequel to the AOE 3 then I would of bought it..

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This was the worst age of empires of the series. But it was still an age of empires game...

I still put hundreds of hours into the game. From beta to release to F2P release on steam to it's death.


I've seen the game go a long way. But the whole premise of the game was wrong. It didn't attract any more players to the game because of it's free to play model. In fact this game had way less players than any previous AOE game. Or even the spin-off: Age of Mythology.

If MS was smart they would see the potential for what it is: an AOE IV would be a massive hit. However, they were attracted by all the money F2P games made... and they successfully turned a multi million selling franchise into a financial flop.


MS's bets are now on smartphone, where they'll be releasing the next AOE ...


Oh microsoft, if you can't learn from your mistakes, you're bound to make them over and over....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> As soon as you start fixing what ain`t broke, you break it!

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"all good things come to an end..."


is that MS humor?


if it was good to begin with, it wouldn't have to come to an end.

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Pay2win, random item drops with stats that gives the opponent with better items the W. Sad to see it gone, but great lesson was learned im sure. If from the jump they made this game without stats on the found or bought items and the online matches where balanced this game would have been a hit. should've, would've, could've but didn't.

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This was a good game. Sad to see it go. GPG did awesome things with it, taking it from its pay to win release to turning it into a serious AOE title

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I am happy when f2p games fail and lose money. It gives a good lesson to the greedy publishers who claim that "f2p is the future".

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's pretty bummer for those who paid though...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, microsoft has certainly learned their lesson.

They are now working on a F2P AOE for smartphones.

Wait, what ?

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All that's left now is Civilization. Literally.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Starcraft is more comparable to AoE if you want a current RTS. Civilization is a different (and turn based) animal

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I've moved on to Company of Heroes 2. I'm just a fan of historic RTS (Cossacks, Rise of Nations, COH, AOE, Blitzkrieg, ...). Starcraft barely interests me because of the sci-fi setting.


But I like the warcraft games :)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Then there's always the Total War games ;)


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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> But there hasn't been a REALLY good TW game since Medieval 2... Shogun 2 was pretty good, but technical difficulties kept me from enjoying it as much as I could have.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I disagree, Rome II Total War is actually pretty good. It had some issues but they are all fixed now.


The only minus is that they bring out nations you unlocked before as DLC... They are better build though, but still.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I like Starcraft, but I share your love for historical-themed RTS!

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It's a shame... I really hope this is a strategic move, to focus the ressources on an AOE4 game or something.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> But the devs are working on other projects. Robot entertainment and Gas Powered games worked on AOE Online. But don't work for MS anymore.

And Ensemble, well... they don't exist anymore :'(

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AOE died with the third installment. Conquerers was the last of a dying breed of great medieval RTS games. RIP.

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Can we get a REAL Age of Empires going please? I have loved the series and still play the third. All of their games were solid, some may think 3 wasn't great. But I loved them all.


I don't want this F2P crap, I really don't want to see this series destroyed.

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Age of Empires died before this game was released.

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will not touch it, the rubbish greedy free to play, but buy gems to speed things up template, its a joke and they are brainwashing the kids of today, if only they knew what the games of the 90s were like :(

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Meanwhile AOE:2 (and its HD version) remain one of the most consistently played PC games in the world, over a decade since its release. Are any devs actually paying attention to this or are they all about reinventing the wheel so much that they lose sight over what worked the first time?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It seems like MS can't see the succes of their own AOE games, and instead is lured in by the F2P money (which ended in losing them a lot of money with AOE:O)


The thing is, most publishers just aren't very smart.

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Another garbage free to play game cashing in on the popularity of the name from long ago.

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So, when are they going to release an ACTUAL Age of Empires game? You know, with a 4 at the end of the name? AoE-AoE 3 were amazing. AoE got me into RTS games, but they havn't done anything of importance with the series for the last seven years.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Age of Empires got me into gaming :)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You're not the only one waiting. I hope the new one, if it ever comes, doesn't become a SimCity flop.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Ensemble shut down. That's why.

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@The-Neon-Seal Yeah I agree. I miss a true Age of Empires... :/

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The wonder, the WONDER.. NOOOOO!!

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plz die more if u can

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??? never heard!!! my friends are still playing AOE3.(not the HD edition)

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