Microsoft officially unveiled Age of Empires Online, a new Games for Windows Live based version of the popular RTS classic. The game has a cartoonish look and will focus heavily on cooperation with other gamers via Games for Windows Live, although it will also be possible to build your civilization offline. You can subscribe to join the beta program at Age of Empires Online.
With more than 20 million copies sold worldwide, the “Age of Empires” series redefined real-time strategy games for Windows-based PC players. Now, the timeless franchise once again invites players to experience its rich storyline in new ways. 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. Begin the journey with your own Greek civilization, and watch as it progresses from a village to an empire. Embark on quests along the way, alone or with friends, and immerse yourself in epic tales, quirky characters, adventure, history and strategy. Together with the Games for Windows – LIVE service, “Age of Empires Online” delivers a rich, social experience that lets you play however you want — anywhere, anytime.
Marrying fresh features with iconic gameplay, “Age of Empires Online” offers something for long-time fans, newcomers and everyone in between. “Age of Empires Online” will feature:
A persistent online capital city that lives and grows even when you’re offline
Cooperative multiplayer quests, trading and a level-based system that lets you progress at your own pace
Fun, approachable style and storylines
Free-to-play experiences via Games for Windows – LIVE