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New details on Microsoft's Age of Empires Online have surfaced at Gamasutra, with much of the information centered on the game's free-to-play business model and associated microtransaction offerings. The game will feature a Premium Civilization upgrade that unlocks all of a civilization's abilities...

January 25th 2011 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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This week's MMO Report was filled with awesome, thanks in large part to the news coming out of Gamescom. Casey kicked things off with Age of Empires' pending arrival to the MMO world, and then moved on to the SWTOR space combat video, which Casey loved just as much as the rest of the SWTOR fanbase...

August 20th 2010 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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Love it, hate it or meeky accept it, the terms "freemium" and "free-to-play" come with a lot of baggage these days, sometimes to the point of overshadowing the game itself. When Age of Empires fans heard that Microsoft was going to be releasing an online version of the hit RTS series, some of the f...

August 20th 2010 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The first bit of interesting MMO news from Gamescom 2010 belongs to Microsoft, as the software giant has announced the latest entry in the venerable Age of Empires franchise. Age of Empires Online will offer players the chance to take their city-building adventures to the next level via a persisten...

August 17th 2010 at 1:30am 0 Comments
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Ensemble Studios may be no more, but Microsoft hasn't forgotten the franchise it created: Age of Empires. Heading into GamesCom 2010, the company has announced a revival of the series in the form of Age of Empires Online, which is being developed by Robot Entertainment, a studio that knows a thing...

August 17th 2010 at 12:28am 0 Comments
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Bonfire Studios, the development house that emerged in the wake of the Ensemble Studios closure, has picked up another ex-colleague: Dave Pottinger, lead designer of Halo Wars. He rejoins his peers as the director of technology, assuming the same responsibilities he held before Ensemble was shut do...

December 17th 2009 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Serve me now, my lord!Blogger Bruce Everiss, author of the website BruceOnGames.com, has been sued by Evony LLC, the company behind the notorious online webgame Evony, formerly Civony. The suit stems from Bruce's Evony coverage and critical stance towards the game, including his assertions that Evon...

September 14th 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft has announced that it's bringing Age of Empires III: Complete Collection to Games For Windows on September 15. By "complete," it means the original game plus its two expansions: The Asian Dynasties and War Chiefs for a grand total of $49.99. It's a reasonable price to pay for the handiwo...

September 8th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Gazillion Entertainment have announced that their expansion into the MMO market continues with hiring Stuart Moulder as their new Vice President of Studios, with responsibility for game development across all of their studios. Gazillion recently announced that they had purchased Netdevil, who are d...

May 21st 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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The folks at FuzzyCube Software dropped us a note that their first game, iQuarterback, is in the App Store now, and it looks all right -- rather than actually quarterback a game, you mostly just try to hit passing targets. And while the game is pretty barebones right now (it's only 99 cents, and th...

April 14th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments