Microsoft Unveils Age of Empires Online

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the newest addition to the famed “Age of Empires” franchise, “Age of Empires Online.”

The company also announced the development of “Microsoft Flight,” a new entry inspired by the “Microsoft Flight Simulator” franchise. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, these new titles, along with the previously announced “Fable III,” integrate the free Games for Windows – LIVE online service to deliver socially connected gameplay experiences.

“Today, we’re bringing powerful, inventive gaming experiences to the Windows-based PC,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios.

The “Age of Empires” series offers real-time strategy games for Windows-based PC players. Developed by Robot Entertainment, “Age of Empires Online” will invite players to create a living, growing online world, shared with friends and friendly rivals around the globe.

Players begin the journey with their own Greek civilization, and watch as it progresses from a village to an empire. They embark on quests along the way, alone or with friends, and immerse in epic tales, quirky characters, adventure, history and strategy.

Together with the Games for Windows – LIVE service, “Age of Empires Online” delivers a social experience that lets you play however you want — anywhere, anytime.

The game will feature a persistent online capital city that lives and grows even when you’re offline and cooperative multiplayer quests, trading and a level-based system that lets you progress at your own pace. It offers free-to-play experiences via Games for Windows – LIVE.

Twenty-eight years after the debut of “Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0,” Microsoft Game Studios also announced the internal development of “Microsoft Flight,” a new Windows exclusive.

Also, “Fable III” for Windows lets you join the action while you rule Albion as the next king or queen in an ever-evolving world of rebellion and revolution, says Microsoft.

Games for Windows – LIVE is a free online gaming service that lets you connect and play with your friends and more than 25 million global Xbox LIVE members, says the company.

Photo courtesy: Microsoft

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Rakesh Raman