|Posted by l The Rudy l on July 20, 2011 at 12:13 AM|
In just a little under a month from now Age of Empires: Online will become available to The People.
AoE:O, as the cool kids call it, is the newest installment in an all-new, re-imagining of the wildly loved Age of Empires franchise. What's different this time around? The stand-alone game will be free and will feature additional content available for digital and retail purchase to add more edge to your game!
The game will be available free-of-charge for digital download on the Official Age of Empires: Online site August 16, 2011 as well as for retail purchase.
Q. What is Age of Empires Online?
A. Age of Empires Online is the next evolution in the best-selling real-time strategy (RTS) franchise Age of Empires. Developed by Microsoft Game Studios for the Games for Windows – LIVE platform, Age of Empires Online invites players to create a living, growing online world, shared with friends and friendly rivals around the world. Marrying fresh features with classic RTS gameplay, Age of Empires Online pays tribute to the original game while incorporating a new look, feel, and approach that appeals to long-time fans, newcomers, and everyone in between.
The initial free download will feature 2 civilizations, the Greeks and Egyptians, and if neither suits your play-style you can lay down some cash for a Premium Civilization featuring unique units, techs, advisors, etc. But don't worry, paying cash does not guarantee
Q. What’s going to stop people from buying their way to the top?
A. When you purchase a Premium Civ pack, you still have to earn all the gear you want to use. It’s not automatically in your inventory. We’ve been careful to ensure that people cannot buy their way to top gear. If you’ve been playing on a free civ, have gear that you’ve earned but have been unable to use, then choose to buy a Premium Civ pack – all the gear you’ve earned will stay in your inventory and unlock.
Watch for the release of Age of Empires: Online this August