Microsoft reveals Age of Empires: World Domination for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft is expanding its Age of Empires real time strategy game franchise to the mobile phone and tablet arena. Today, it was revealed that Age of Empires: World Domination will be released this summer for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Plans for such a game were first revealed in July 2013 but no other details were provided at that time.

The game's official website has now launched, along with a trailer that shows off some gameplay from the title. The game itself is being developed by Japan-based KLab and from the looks of the early gameplay footage, it's going to be a true RTS game with lots of action and some solid animation for the units. Players will be able to pick from several different historical civilizations such as the Celts, Huns, Franks and more. It's currently unknown if Age of Empires: World Domination will be a paid game or a free title with in-game purchases. 

Microsoft released a revamped version of Age of Empires II for the PC in 2013, along with an all-new expansion pack for that game. The company will release a graphically updated version of the spin-off game Age of Mythology in May

Source: Age of Empires: World Domination page

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I remember Age of Empires on Pocket PC/Windows mobile, the gameplay was almost an exact port of the PC version because of the high precision of stylus compared to finger and you could use the d-pad to move the camera...

Microsoft keeps announcing its commitment to PC gaming and then does stuff like this. This game has NOTHING to do with Age Of Empires, the classic PC gaming franchise - it's just a cheap cash-in. Microsoft has completely lost touch with gamers.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Microsoft keeps announcing its commitment to PC gaming and then does stuff like this. This game has NOTHING to do with Age Of Empires, the classic PC gaming franchise - it's just a cheap cash-in. Microsoft has completely lost touch with gamers.

It's a RTS, you build up and fight battles to grow your empire, the only thing it doesn't have in common with the original franchise is it's on mobile and the graphics are different. I don't get how some people can get so negative or take this so personal. It's another game, nothing more. AoEII on mobile wouldn't be the same as the PC game either, no way it can be. This is them supporting mobile, has zero to do with PC gaming support.

This trailer showed nothing of base building, which was the main focus of the PC games. Not only that but the animations are appalling and it's clear very little effort has been put into the game.

I see taking a classic PC franchise, changing everything about it and releasing it on mobile an insult to fans of the original games. Perhaps I could understand if it was in addition to a PC release but the last proper Age Of Empires games was nearly 10 years ago. Microsoft seems to go out of its way to annoy PC gamers.

theyarecomingforyou said,
This trailer showed nothing of base building, which was the main focus of the PC games. Not only that but the animations are appalling and it's clear very little effort has been put into the game.

I see taking a classic PC franchise, changing everything about it and releasing it on mobile an insult to fans of the original games. Perhaps I could understand if it was in addition to a PC release but the last proper Age Of Empires games was nearly 10 years ago. Microsoft seems to go out of its way to annoy PC gamers.

I see this same tired argument with movies, like this game somehow has undone the original games in some way. It hasn't, it just shares a name and nothing else. We also saw a little bit of something that's not out yet, regardless the only thing I see is a knee jerk reaction from some because of the use of the name. If you don't like it then ok, don't play it, but that's one thing and has little to do with the PC.

George P said,
I see this same tired argument with movies, like this game somehow has undone the original games in some way. It hasn't, it just shares a name and nothing else.

It devalues the brand. Using your movie analogy, it would be like Steven Spielberg doing a sequel to Saving Private Ryan as a comedy musical starring the muppets. It's disappointing that Microsoft would rather release casual mobile games than develop a full-fledged sequel.

I just think it's insulting for Microsoft to announce it's recommitment to PC gaming and then do this to a classic PC gaming franchise.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It devalues the brand. Using your movie analogy, it would be like Steven Spielberg doing a sequel to Saving Private Ryan as a comedy musical starring the muppets. It's disappointing that Microsoft would rather release casual mobile games than develop a full-fledged sequel.

I just think it's insulting for Microsoft to announce it's recommitment to PC gaming and then do this to a classic PC gaming franchise.

Except the game isn't totally different from the original, it's still a RTS like I said originally. You're going off on the movie analogy because going from a drama to a comedy would be like them going from a RTS to something totally different, it's not totally different. They've changes aspects to better fit the mobile device space and used a familiar name.

There have been a number of AoE games throughout the years, the AoE2 HD remake is only the newest one, AoE Online in 2011 for example, or a number of AoE Nintendo DS games in 2007 - 2009. I don't remember people making a fuss about all of those.

George P said,
Except the game isn't totally different from the original, it's still a RTS like I said originally. You're going off on the movie analogy because going from a drama to a comedy would be like them going from a RTS to something totally different, it's not totally different. They've changes aspects to better fit the mobile device space and used a familiar name.

They've changed it from an RTS into an action game. Given the number of city-building games on mobile this wasn't a change that needed to be made.

George P said,
There have been a number of AoE games throughout the years, the AoE2 HD remake is only the newest one, AoE Online in 2011 for example, or a number of AoE Nintendo DS games in 2007 - 2009. I don't remember people making a fuss about all of those.

Age Of Empires 2 HD was a re-release, not a remake. It had the same graphics and gameplay, just updated for modern systems. Age Of Empires 3 was the last proper release and that was back in 2005. As for Age Of Empires Online, there was plenty of criticism - it was extremely exploitative, as the game was crippled due to the free-2-play mechanics and it cost hundreds of pounds to get all the civilisations. It also had little in common in terms of gameplay, as it was an MMORTS. Microsoft is shutting down the servers in a couple of months, meaning it won't be possible to play anymore.

Microsoft isn't interested in making decent games, it's only interested in exploiting its franchises for maximum profit. Personally I care about games, not Microsoft's profit margin.

theyarecomingforyou said,

They've changed it from an RTS into an action game. Given the number of city-building games on mobile this wasn't a change that needed to be made.

Age Of Empires 2 HD was a re-release, not a remake. It had the same graphics and gameplay, just updated for modern systems. Age Of Empires 3 was the last proper release and that was back in 2005. As for Age Of Empires Online, there was plenty of criticism - it was extremely exploitative, as the game was crippled due to the free-2-play mechanics and it cost hundreds of pounds to get all the civilisations. It also had little in common in terms of gameplay, as it was an MMORTS. Microsoft is shutting down the servers in a couple of months, meaning it won't be possible to play anymore.

Microsoft isn't interested in making decent games, it's only interested in exploiting its franchises for maximum profit. Personally I care about games, not Microsoft's profit margin.

This is still a RTS, it says as much, I don't get where you see it as just an action game from what little that trailer showed.

As for the AoE Online f2p criticisms that's up to individuals tastes, hate it or love it more and more MMOs are f2p that's where the market has shifted. Even though AoE3 was back in 2005 I don't see why you'd discount the expansions for it, of which there were 2 iirc which came out a year apart. And also why the DS games don't count either as being new. In the end this just seems like more PC gamers feeling left out when something new comes to consoles or mobiles. Yeah, let's just chalk this up to profit taking, let's ignore the fact that mobile gaming is growing so big and let's just stick to the PC only so you and others don't feel left out.

The trailer doesn't show bases and focuses instead of combat. That's not to say there won't be traditional RTS elements but it's clear they're being downplayed. My biggest criticism is that the game looks terrible - the animations are appalling, the visuals are incredibly sparse, the interface is crude and it looks extremely simplistic. Even ignoring the use of the Age Of Empires brand it looks terrible as a mobile game.

The last proper Age Of Empires game was released nearly ten years ago. Expansions aren't proper releases - they're just additional content for an existing game. Age Of Empires Online was a short-lived game that was crippled by microtransactions. Players that paid extra for content had a distinct advantage. It received the worst reviews of any Age Of Empires games, with the exception of the Age Of Empire 2 HD re-release. As for the DS games, I didn't even know they existed and again they're just cashing in on the success of the PC franchise. They have little in common with the original games.

If this was a decent game and it was in addition to proper PC releases then I wouldn't have a problem with it. That isn't the case.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Microsoft keeps announcing its commitment to PC gaming and then does stuff like this. This game has NOTHING to do with Age Of Empires, the classic PC gaming franchise - it's just a cheap cash-in. Microsoft has completely lost touch with gamers.

Yeah too bad this isn't a PC game then right? Right?

It's a game for iOS, Android and WP...which last I checked aren't desktop OSes.

I read the article and got excited, then I saw the video. :(

I'm not a fan of the cartoon graphics and animations, I'll give this a miss. Give me AoE II graphics - which surely shouldn't be too difficult with phone tech these days - and you've got yourself a winner. Heck, give me AoE II on my mobile and I'll buy copies for my friends!

the game is just like every other android historical strategy game - no multitasking and the game can play itself, it doesnt need a "behind-the-screen device"

DAMN neowin, you manage to confuse me for a second:
from your title, i thought it's a fight of who's a superior OS.

well, we all know which OS is better. :)

Why no release for desktops and tablets? They just released a way to easily compile Windows Apps for cross-platform and for all devices.

I wouldn't doubt it's in the works; I'd imagine they could do a better job with it by optimizing it with tablets and desktops in mind, considering you'd have more screen estate to work with.

Hopefully, the game doesn't suck. I think they should release to mobile first and see how it fares? :p

trip21 said,
Nice they remembered their own mobile OS this time round!

I noticed their platform was 3rd in the line. on the last part

Yeah they seemed funny to me too .. what's with moving animation of cavalry? Graphics look strange to me! I hope they haven't ruined the gameplay while trying to downscale a PC game.

Mohitster said,
Yeah they seemed funny to me too .. what's with moving animation of cavalry? Graphics look strange to me! I hope they haven't ruined the gameplay while trying to downscale a PC game.

It looks weird because the map looks extremely flat while the animations have a 3D feel to them. Not very impressed tbh.

:: Lyon :: said,
Is it just me or the combat looks a bit funny (the animations)

I am afraid it will be riddled with "in your face" In App Purchases to the point it will be no fun.

:: Lyon :: said,
Is it just me or the combat looks a bit funny (the animations)

It's the first thing i noticed, very poor character models and animations.. let down

Uplift said,

It's the first thing i noticed, very poor character models and animations.. let down

I suspect they're just beta graphics. It does mention during the fighting scenes that it's in development, so a basic level of detail for development would be acceptable IMO.
The final graphics will hopefully look substantially better.

Ideas Man said,
I suspect they're just beta graphics. It does mention during the fighting scenes that it's in development, so a basic level of detail for development would be acceptable IMO.
The final graphics will hopefully look substantially better.

Games rarely change substantially from when they're revealed.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Games rarely change substantially from when they're revealed.


Hmmm really? There several recent reveals that would argue with you. Forza 5 changed and had increased level of detail in the scenery in final. Watchdogs.... Well not need to explain that one :)