A new entry in Microsoft’s Age of Empire’s franchise has been announced, and will be available in September. However, it will be a fast-paced, touch-based, multiplayer game for Windows 8, not an old-school strategy title.
The new Entry in Microsoft’s line-up, available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, is dubbed Age of Empires: Castle Siege, and it resembles Clash of Clans. Castle Siege allows you to choose from several civilizations – including the Teutons, Kievan Rus, and Britons. Then you are tasked to fortify your city and surrounding city, to train armies and attack other players’ castles.
The game also features a cartoony aesthetic, and in-app purchases, since it is a free-to-play game. It looks very similar to Supercell’s Clash of Games, available for iOS and Android, but Microsoft swears the “strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for.”
The game will also have heroes like Charlemagne and Richard the Lionheart, who will only be available during certain times. Of course, you will also be able to connect with friends via Xbox Live to compete and compare leaderboard rankings. Progress is saved to the Gamertag, which means cross-platform play across Windows 8 and Windows 8 Phone devices.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege is being developed by Smoking Gun Interactive, who previously worked on a number of Microsoft titles like Kinect Doodle Jump, Kinect Adventures, and Mars Rover Wars.
The most recent Age of Empires titles were Age of Empires II: HD Edition, which was released on Steam last year, and Age of Empires Online in 2011, which was taken offline last month. Ensemble Studios, the development house who worked on the earlier games in the series (as well as Halo Wars, an RTS in the Halo universe) was closed back in 2009.