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Age of Empires: Castle Siege Taking the Free-to-Play Route

by Ron Duwell | August 26, 2014August 26, 2014 2:30 pm PST

Because Disney and LucasArts using Star Wars: Commander to chip away at the massive success of Clash of Clans just wasn’t enough, Microsoft has to throw one of its most cherished gaming franchises to the free-to-play hounds as well. Age of Empires: Castle Siege is the latest strategy game inspired by a classic franchise, built around touch controls, and promising in-game purchases designed for “accelerated gameplay.”

In other words, you have to pay to make the timer move faster. That’s some pretty slick PR wording if I’ve ever seen it.

“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,”

Age of Empires: Castle Siege is set to go live in September for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 compatible devices. Much like its inspiration, you’ll be tasked with building a base, generating units, defending yourself from onslaught, and sending your troops out to slaughter your opponents. Not much beyond that, but thanks to Microsoft support, you’ll be able to log in through Xbox Live to see leaderboards and form alliances with friends.

Castle Siege allows for six ancient civilizations including the Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus, and you’ll be able to take place in up to 10 actual historical battles. Still, none of the civilizations or battles are as attractive as the Rebels and the Empire duking it out on on Hoth or Tattooine. Watch the trailers for both Castle Siege and Star Wars: Commanders next to each other, and you’ll see that that they are practically the same game with different skins.

I know it’s been so long since we last talked Age of Empires, but now that you are gone, I miss you more than ever. I suppose all the recent expansion packs and HD remakes of the original games were created to settle the minds of longtime fans before this bombshell of an announcement went off.

Eurogamer

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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