Age of Empires Online due out this autumn; retail box version planned

Microsoft's first PC exclusive game in several years, the upcoming Age of Empires Online, now has a more specific release date. Eurogamer reports that the free-to-play RTS game from developer Gas Powered Games (and based on the classic PC series created by the now shut down Ensemble Studios) will officially launch sometime this autumn. While the game is designed primarily as a downloadable online only game, the story reports that there will now also be a boxed retail version of the game released to brick and mortar stores.

The story quotes Microsoft's producer Danan Davis as saying that the decision was made to offer a boxed copy of the game for business reasons, saying "There are some players that still want to go down to the store and buy a retail product." The boxed version of the game will likely come with a "pro premium civilization" upgrade that will let players get access to one of the game's two launch civilizations (Egyptian and Greek) but boosted up to level 20. The retail version will also likely have some exclusive in-game items.

The article claims that the retail box upgrade will be marketed more for the hardcore RTS players than the more casual players that will likely try the game first via its free-to-play modes. Pricing for the retail booster pack will likely be between $5 and $20. Microsoft plans to announce a more specific release date for Age of Empires Online by the end of May, according to the report. It will be Microsoft's first PC exclusive game in several years. Next week, Microsoft plans to release a PC port of its Xbox 360 RPG Fable III to stores and online. The last PC game, exclusive or not, from the company was the PC port of Gears of War way back in December 2007.

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Age of Empires really brings back memories. I remember having big battles in my computer classes in school Good times. It was a shame to see the studio shut down. Hopefully they can reclaim some of it's past glory.

After playing the beta for a while....I can tell you if your a RTS / AOE fan you'll be sadly disappointed with this game....its designed and plays like a dumbed down kids game or crappy fb game lol

I own every AOE game....but I won't be getting this one....TY Microsoft for letting me test it now I won't waste my money on it!

it is free... though. and i used to play aoe 2 alot... i didnt really play aoe3 but aoe2 was amazing.
and i like this one, as i took warhammer 40k dawn of war 2 gameplay good, i can take this one, its just different from last aoe games, as company of heroes online, the mmorts can be blah, but i still see it fine.
you can really dont spend money in a free to play mmo game, and have fun with your friends and such, if a game requires you to do pvp... it sucks. because i dont like pvp more than with my friends. but if you play with your friends it can be cool! even if its slow for the leveling and your friend can have luck and have better items but its free

EmilyTheStrange said,
it is free... though. and i used to play aoe 2 alot... i didnt really play aoe3 but aoe2 was amazing.
and i like this one, as i took warhammer 40k dawn of war 2 gameplay good, i can take this one, its just different from last aoe games, as company of heroes online, the mmorts can be blah, but i still see it fine.
you can really dont spend money in a free to play mmo game, and have fun with your friends and such, if a game requires you to do pvp... it sucks. because i dont like pvp more than with my friends. but if you play with your friends it can be cool! even if its slow for the leveling and your friend can have luck and have better items but its free

For a typical RTS player, this game is probably not going to be what they are looking for. I'm sticking with SC2.

Sweat i buy on

I love the game and the beta is great as well.

I just hope it does cost to much.

As for"MMORPG are generally boring and a waste of time" for most MMORG I say yes.

but thi sis good and not boring at all.

I play it for a 40mins to 1hr at a time and that way I never Bord with it.

the problem its since it wasn't mmo before, and now you dont have a full army you can build and you have items that can give you advantage and there will be premium stuff, and you have to level up to unlock stuff... then people think its boring because they cant go and have a 2 vs 2 match and everyone has the same units. (specially snce there is still just the geek race in aoeo beta)

I want my cheat codes. "Oh Canada". You get a Canadian Flag Wearing Bear that shoots laser out of his eyes.

Anybody remember that?

On a side note, I would love a Age of Mythology Extension.

The beta introduces a new way of things to how I remember AOE being, but it is average in my opinion, after a week or 2 I got bored of it, and needed a break from playing it. I have yet to go back to it but no doubt I will on some dark and dismal night when it raining

Jack Musick said,
^ This guy. Not many people can truly understand the depth and enjoyment that can be had from a good MMORPG.

Again, what has this got to do with AoE Online? This is an RTS that happens to have MMO components. It's not an RPG. MMO or otherwise.

TCLN Ryster said,

Again, what has this got to do with AoE Online? This is an RTS that happens to have MMO components. It's not an RPG. MMO or otherwise.

maybe they are the ones that call every mmo, mmorpg. and thats all.

KavazovAngel said,
In GfWL countries only. Regional restriction, for the win!

Don't worry. The game is pretty boring. I played the beta for about a week and uninstalled.

I'm a die-hard RTS fan and this game is stinks in my opinion. You get all the grinding of an MMORPG with none of the satisfaction.

DukeEsquire said,

Don't worry. The game is pretty boring. I played the beta for about a week and uninstalled.

I'm a die-hard RTS fan and this game is stinks in my opinion. You get all the grinding of an MMORPG with none of the satisfaction.

you are a "die-hard" but you dont understand mmoRTS? go play company of heroes its the same story. obviously it wont give you all units because since its leveling based, what would be the point of leveling?
i wonder how many rts have you played, specially since lately rts genre sucks... and i wonder if you are even good at them.. but oh well

EmilyTheStrange said,

you are a "die-hard" but you dont understand mmoRTS? go play company of heroes its the same story. obviously it wont give you all units because since its leveling based, what would be the point of leveling?
i wonder how many rts have you played, specially since lately rts genre sucks... and i wonder if you are even good at them.. but oh well

I fully understand it. My point is leveling in a competitive RTS is stupid. You can't just install the game and jump into a skirmish. You have to slowly level and build your army and when you play someone, you won't have the same units.

It makes sense from a MMO perspective, but not if you want a competitive RTS. RTS is all about balance and nuance, something you won't get in this game.

PS: I've played lots of Company of Heroes. It is nothing like this. If you think "its the same" then you clearly haven't played both games.

what? i mean coh ONLINE! i wasn't talking about the company of heroes "normal version" i was talking about the MMO version. which is the same why? because you get levels and new units and stuff like that. since we were talking about mmorts i thought you would understand i was talking about that. and i mean the same story as "they are both mmo, so its leveling based and item shop based".
i know company of heroes though i like warhammer 40k dawn of ware 2 more, which since now use the same engine have some stuff from coh.
but its the same thing.. you level you gain stuff. yeah its not a genre you can take and make a mmo, thats why there aren't many mmorts, battleforge, some stuff in Argo are rts, company of heroes online, as a big title... and they fail in that. mmo means leveling, even need for speed online has leveling and you have to run 19028391 times to level up to get a nice car if not you buy it or rent it for some days.

so what i mean its... mmo seems not to be a genre for you, its like complaining about how Aion and all the mmorpg you dont have skills starting and then you have to level up to get them. am i wrong?... the difference you have played need for speed, and coh, and aoe so you will compared them which is not wrong but still not good, because then you will not thing online version is good because you want to go and just play normal. maybe it would have been better to make it a normal age of empires and end? but then it wouldnt be free... besides alot of stuff.

so you have a point, but still... do you think there will be tournaments and all that with aoe? its about making an army and put units and items and if you pvp see who gets better stuff. thats what "mmo" is made of, do you think its different in other genres?... see mmo racing, mmorpg, mmorts, mmo.. whatever, suffers the same thing, like mmofps! its the same "non balanced" stuff, even if you see it can be balanced somehow it wont. because people will build differnet stuff, so noone will have the same balance, specially in free to play. BUT it seems mmo its not a genre for you.

PS and sorry if i didnt said "online" though... talking about online i thought everyone would be like me "if you talk about online, you will think about online" if there is a mmo version of the series i talked about.

Edited by lalalalalalalala, May 9 2011, 10:57pm :

and sorry for my english, its not my first language. what i meant (since i couldn't edit it good) was i wouldnt have mention coh if it didn't have an online version. so i thought you would think about online version of aoe compared to online version of coh. since they have both non mmo version, its easy to see to notice how they implemented the genre compared with their non-mmo version. same with need for speed. if those 2 games didn't have an online version i wouldn't have mention them. but i had to mention company of heroes since it has a mmorts version.

DukeEsquire said,

Don't worry. The game is pretty boring. I played the beta for about a week and uninstalled.

Its a slow started to roll through the tutorials etc but after you get past that stage the game is a ball

Still lovin it and cant wait for the official release

DukeEsquire said,

Don't worry. The game is pretty boring. I played the beta for about a week and uninstalled.

oh man i was hoping for a good one! we need canada lazer bear back!

EmilyTheStrange said,
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so what i mean its... mmo seems not to be a genre for you, its like complaining about how Aion and all the mmorpg you dont have skills starting and then you have to level up to get them. am i wrong?... the difference you have played need for speed, and coh, and aoe so you will compared them which is not wrong but still not good, because then you will not thing online version is good because you want to go and just play normal. maybe it would have been better to make it a normal age of empires and end? but then it wouldnt be free... besides alot of stuff.

so you have a point, but still... do you think there will be tournaments and all that with aoe? its about making an army and put units and items and if you pvp see who gets better stuff. thats what "mmo" is made of, do you think its different in other genres?... see mmo racing, mmorpg, mmorts, mmo.. whatever, suffers the same thing, like mmofps! its the same "non balanced" stuff, even if you see it can be balanced somehow it wont. because people will build differnet stuff, so noone will have the same balance, specially in free to play. BUT it seems mmo its not a genre for you.

PS and sorry if i didnt said "online" though... talking about online i thought everyone would be like me "if you talk about online, you will think about online" if there is a mmo version of the series i talked about.

That's why I said "in my opinion." In MY OPINION, the game is boring. I'm not complaining. I'm saying the game is boring in my opinion.