Age of Empires Online to stop adding new content

Microsoft's efforts to revive the Age of Empires series via a free-to-play online game, Age of Empires Online, have now entered a new stage. The game, which officially launched in August 2011, will no longer add new content but will continue to stay online.

In a post on the game's official website, Microsoft said the reason for the change was due to money:

"... 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.

And what about bug fixes? That may be an issue as well, with the blog admitting, "Some may, in fact, be unfixable. We will be watching carefully in case any critical bugs appear."

The game was being developed by Gas Powered Games. Presumably this change to the status of Age of Empires Online will also mean there will be little to no involvement from that company going forward. However, Gas Powered Games recently launched a teaser website that seems to be promoting a new and upcoming game from the developer, with the countdown clock going down to zero on January 14th.

Source: Age of Empires Online | Image via Microsoft

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The reason they are not adding new content is because they truly suck, i played this game for over six months where bugs never got fixed and all i ever got told was "It's still in beta". I ended up quitting the game and "trying" to claim back money i spent after they GAVE my game key to someone else which is totally against there T&C's yet they would never explain how this had happened or why they just key saying "Create a new key its free!" taking no responsibility for what had happened. I ended up leaving the game removing my credit cards and deleting the account that my card was linked to as i obviously can not trust there systems adn they were unwilling to say what had happened or why or even taking any responsibility.

Im quite happy to see the game die. =)

A great game on PC...but it didn't work on windows 7 for some reason, friggin idiots. Could have turned it over to fans...what am I thinking, it's Microsoft, of course they'll screw it up and blame everything but themselves.

When a game developed by third party studios and published by Microsoft goes awry and you imply that 100% of the blame for everything wrong with the game lies at Microsoft's feet, you turn yourself into a stereotype.

Hahaiah said,
A great game on PC...but it didn't work on windows 7 for some reason, friggin idiots. Could have turned it over to fans...what am I thinking, it's Microsoft, of course they'll screw it up and blame everything but themselves.

Try doing some research, it works perfect on Windows 7.

Hahaiah said,
A great game on PC...but it didn't work on windows 7 for some reason, friggin idiots. Could have turned it over to fans...what am I thinking, it's Microsoft, of course they'll screw it up and blame everything but themselves.

The game was released over 2 years after Windows 7 came out, of course it works on it. Don't be ridiculous.

FYI, that blog post wasn't made by "Microsoft", but by the game's executive producer, who would be associated with one of the other studios.

Joshie said,
FYI, that blog post wasn't made by "Microsoft", but by the game's executive producer, who would be associated with one of the other studios.

Just a note to say that it was infact Microsoft's Executive Producer who made the blog post. The game had two executive producers in its time, both from Microsoft who oversaw development at Robot Entertainment and Gas Powered Games.

Generally most titles where Microsoft owns the IP are assigned a Microsoft EP.

I played this game and thought it was OK, if not somewhat tedious. I do think it was a pretty solid effort at a F2P RTS and something that some people could enjoy. However, personally, there was nothing about it that compelled me to pay. Hopefully upcoming F2P can learn from the game's shortcomings.

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