More fantastic news from Microsoft out of Gamescom! In 2009, Microsoft shut down two of their game development studios – ACES and Ensemble. Today they’ve announced they’ll be bringing new version of those studios most recognised games; Age of Empires and Flight Simulator.
Revealed today, Age of Empires Online will be adding a bit of Farmville-esque social interaction, levelling up, quests and persistent gameplay to the traditional AoE formula. It’ll give players the opportunity to â€œembark on quests along the way, alone or with friends, and immerse yourself in epic tales, quirky characters, adventure, history and strategy.â€
Even better? It’s going to be free to play through Games for windows LIVE. It’ll be going in to beta soon, which you can join here. Let’s hope it’s awesome – and makes the scourge of internet gaming, Evony, redundant.
The other game to rise from the ashes will be Microsoft’s Flight Simulator – rebranded now just as Flight details on that game are pretty scarce, but there is a website that’s been launched. Unfortunately, it’s just as stingy with information about FLIGHT as Microsoft’s announcement.
Here are the trailers for both :
Last Updated: August 17, 2010