Wednesday, June 26, 2013

'Age of Empires' headed for iOS and Android, but not Windows Phone, for now

Via a tie-in with Japanese smartphone game maker Klab, Microsoft will be bringing "Age of Empires" to iOS and Android, Japan's Nikkei daily announced on Monday. However, while the original report seemed to indicate that the floodgates would open for Xbox and Windows games, Redmond isn't so clear on the issue.

The earlier report, which implied that Klab had a far-reaching licensing deal, was denied by Microsoft. A Microsoft representative said that "some reports included incorrect information about additional Xbox Live-based games on iOS and Android, but there are no further announcements beyond Age of Empires at this time."

KLab's mobile version of "Age of Empires" will be released before the end of March, 2014, a KLab spokesperson said.

Microsoft admitted -- though not directly -- that Android and iOS dominate the world. The game will come first to Android and iOS, "with plans to release the game in other languages and on a Windows Phone in the future," a Microsoft rep added.

"Age of Empires" is a series of historical real-time strategy computer games developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Studios.

The first title of the series was -- naturally -- "Age of Empires," which was released in 1997. Since then, seven titles and three spin-offs have been released.

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