There’s a new Age Of Empires game on the way

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But it won’t be Age Of Empires 4. HEYOH! Instead, it’ll be a new mobile game dubbed Age Of Empires: Castle Siege that is less click click and more touchy touchy.

It’s all about getting in touch with your inner trebuchet, or more precisely, touch controls. Age Of Empires: Castle Siege will be available on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, with players able to choose from several civilizations and work their castle into a functioning city. That will be under attack. Here’s a list of the key features being touted by this Age Of Empires game:

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Empire-Building for those on the go: From building your castle into an impressive city, accumulating your resources to keep your fortress and your lands safe, to training your armies to both defend and attack your enemies, Castle Siege is built for you to enjoy the expansiveness of an Age of Empires game with the speed and simplicity of touch-based gaming.

Built for Touch: Now all your strategizing, empire-building and sieging is controlled by the simple swipe of your finger. Drag paths on the touchscreen to command units directly in battle. Using this tactical control to counter your opponents’ defenses is crucial to victory.

Connect with your Xbox Live Friends: Forge alliances with your Xbox Live friends, compete against other alliances for prized ‘crown count’, and fight your way to the top of the leaderboards.

Recruit The Greatest Heroes: when times get tough, it’s time to call up heroes. From Richard the Lionheart to Charlemagne, Castle Siege will allow you to deploy them to turn the battle in your favour.

Cross-platform play only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8: If you have multiple Windows 8 devices, no matter. Your game progress is always saved to your Gamertag. Furthermore, you can battle friends across platforms, so any Windows 8 PC, tablet or Windows Phone 8 can join the siege.

Several civilizations to choose from: Age of Empires: Castle Siege starts off with six civilizations from the Medieval Era, including Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus. Each civilization has upwards of six unique “cultural units”, along with cavalry and trebuchets equipment.

Recreate Famous Historical Battles: play through 10 historical battles, including the Siege of Marienburg and the Fall of Constantinople.

I’m rather keen on this. Age Of Empires 2 will always be one the finest real-time strategy games ever made, and a new title that appears to condense the core castle-sige aspect of that classic game into a quick experience looks pretty decent. That, and trebuchets dammit. No gamer should ever go through life without building a squad of trebuchets and then letting hell fly forth with big rocks or in some cases when rocks are spare, fat disposable soldiers.

Last Updated: August 26, 2014

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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