Age of Empires Online content development halted

Thursday, 3rd January 2013 22:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gas Powered Games a stop to ongoing content development for free-to-play strategy title Age of Empires Online, citing expense.

In a post on the social effort’s blog, Microsoft said Age of Empires Online has “finished its development phase, and now moves on into its support phase”.

“There is a small amount of content still in the pipeline that will be released in the next few weeks, but that is all. No new features will be added. Most significantly, no new civilizations will be released; the six existing ones are the complete and final set,” it noted.

Nothing else should change for players; Microsoft will continue to offer support, which can be considered complete once remaining content releases occur.

Although many games of this kind continue content drops throughout their lifetime, Microsoft says that’s not cost-effective for Age of Empires Online.

“Creating top-tier content, as we have been for the last year and a half, is very expensive – too expensive to maintain for long, as it turns out. We can no longer afford to keep creating it. AOEO already has a very large amount of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment, and adding more is no longer cost-effective,” the post added.

Age of Empires Online’s coming of age began to look likely last month when developer Gas Powered Games launched a mysterious countdown timer for something called Project W, suggesting it was ready to move onto a new title.

The countdown ends on January 14.

Thanks, Massively.



  1. Hunam

    This is Microsoft giving up on the PC again. I know they said it was the start of a big push. But yep.

    Fable 3 = Limped to retail
    Flight = Given up
    Age of Empires = Given up
    Game for Windows Store = Given up
    Games for Windows Live = Alive much to every ones hatred, no updates for the past few years though.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. deadstoned

    Yep Microsoft doesn’t give shit and when they try they just embarrass themselves hence this. They’ve all but destroyed one of their top franchises of all time Age of Empires and all their PC credibility. No wonder their Windows guys are fucking up as well now, they’re all playing Xboxs too much and using their shite phones.

    The murderer Games for Windows LIVE. A game has to be stella to get away with pulling that lazy shit out. Dark Souls you were lucky, if Dark Souls 2 is GFWL prepare for some raging.

    Free to play model was Play to win at the beginging. Shouldn’t have been F2P to begin with IMHO, should have been boxed retail like Starcraft 2. Stupid Farmvile graphics didn’t help much either.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated this with a correction; the post was written by Microsoft, not Gas Powered Games.

    #3 2 years ago

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