Microsoft has had such a heavy focus on building up their Xbox 360 console that it almost seemed like they had forgotten that there was a PC gaming market ripe for the picking. However, On the eve of gamescom 2010, someone at Microsoft took notice of that little fact and thus announced a classic favorite with Age of Empires Online, a free-to-play version for fans of the RTS.

Age of Empires Online will feature a persistent online capital city that lives and grows while offline, cooperative quests, trading, a level-based system, and much more. Fans interested in signing up for beta can do so on the official Age of Empires website.

Check out the full press release for all the details.

On the eve of gamescom 2010, the world’s largest consumer-oriented games showcase, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the newest addition to the famed “Age of Empires” franchise, “Age of Empires Online.” Microsoft also announced the development of “Microsoft Flight,” a new entry inspired by the best-selling “Microsoft Flight Simulator” franchise. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, these new titles, along with the previously announced “Fable III,” fully integrate the free* Games for Windows – LIVE online service to deliver compelling socially connected gameplay experiences.

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Age of Empires Online Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

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