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Microsoft Studios Halts Development of Age of Empires Online

CabalocCabaloc Fort Pierce, FLPosts: 116Member,20191.html


Came across this, I don't play it but know some here who do .


Age of Empires: Online, the game that brings the classic strategy civilization-building series to the free-to-play format, will no longer be releasing new content.

Gas Powered Games and Microsoft Studios explained that their decision to halt active development was due to their financial situation. "Why no more content?" says the game's official blog. "Because creating top-tier content, as we have been for the last year and a half, is very expensive—too expensive to maintain for long, as it turns out. We can no longer afford to keep creating it. AOEO already has a very large amount of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment, and adding more is no longer cost-effective."

However, the announcement also makes it quite clear that this doesn't mean Age of Empires: Online is going away. For current players, nothing will change, as all existing content will remain. Gas Powered Games and Microsoft Studios will continue to support the game and host community events. However, "Fixing any remaining bugs and addressing balance issues will be slower and, frankly, more difficult for the team. Some may, in fact, be unfixable," states the blog post.

Though AoE: Online will remain for now, it's difficult to see the game being able to sustain itself for much longer. The life of a MMO, especially a free-to-play one, is heavily reliant on new content to re-energize veteran players and entice new players into playing. Hopefully, AoE: Online will see some better days.


  • HokieHokie Vancouver Wa.Posts: 1,063Member Uncommon
    ...hasnt this been in development for like five years already? Seems like its kinda been a backburner thing regardless.

    "I understand that if I hear any more words come pouring out of your **** mouth, Ill have to eat every fucking chicken in this room."

  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member Common

    Hey Microsoft, if you hadn't canned the studio that was originally making it, then forcing one of their splinter companies to ENTIRELY REDO IT to be a Farmvile style game with horrible gameplay, then maybe it would have been

    a) less expensive

    b) a good game


    Starcraft doesn't get updates, and it's doing well for itself. Know why? Because they made a great game and sold it. They didn't make a weird RPG city building sim for toddlers and slap the Age of Empires logo on it. They also didn't entirely ignore all the feedback from fans saying "this sucks" for YEARS.


    Why is this being posted on AoE:O is not remotely an MMO.

  • TamanousTamanous Edmonton, ABPosts: 2,417Member Uncommon

    Please change blue font colours. 


    Can't be seen and blue is always a bad choice as blue light refracts the most.

    You stay sassy!

  • madazzmadazz A town, ONPosts: 1,836Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Tamanous
    Please change blue font colours.    Can't be seen and blue is always a bad choice as blue light refracts the most.

    Agreed. Even highlighting it doesn't help much.

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