Age of Empires Online CLOSES Down, After 2M+ Matches

Microsoft’s free-to-play RTS Age of Empires Online game has closed down a few days ago, after being active for almost 3 years

I remember that Age of Empires was my first game that I played on my old Windows XP desktop and since than, I’ve remained faithful to the new games in the series. There’s one game that I never got to try out and that’s Age of Empires Online.

Microsoft Studios released Age of Empires Online back in August 2011, with only two the Greek and Egyptian civilizations to play. Later on, this was extended to include Persians, the Celts, Babylonians, and the Norse.

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And now, it seems that Microsoft has decided that it’s time to close down the website, so it seems I will never be able to see how the gameplay actually looks like. Here’s what the official announcement sounded like:

“It has been a pleasure and an honor serving you all. Thank you for the time you have spent with us, exploring all these little worlds together and conquering them for the glory of your Alliance and your Empire. Thank you especially for the times you spent with each other, in PVP matches, in co-op quests, and in the forums and the rest of the internet. Thank you for playing.”

Age of Empires Online closes down because of financial inefficiency

The main reason for closing down Age of Empires Online seems to be the fact that creating new content for the game was “too expensive to maintain.” Another one is that Microsoft is apparently looking to target the mobile environments.

A new free-to-play Age of Empires mobile game will land on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone this summer, but an exact date hasn’t been mention. It’s going to be called Age of Empires: World Domination and will features civilizations like the Celts, Vikings, Franks, and Huns.

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