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New Age: Age of Empires Announced & Beta

No battle will ever be this organised in an RTS. Thus as it once was, and thus it will ever be.

And this is the second of Microsoft’s PC games, confirming the very Age-of-Empires-looking leak of “Spartan” is actually Age of Empires Online. It promises Co-op and player-versus-player multiplayer, plus persistent online empires, a jolly new look and will be due for 2011. The closed beta is already running, and you can sign up for future Beta stuff already, if you wish, here. There’s quite a lot of stuff on the site, so worth nosing, but one thing on the FAQ did catch my eye. “Will there be a retail product, or will Age of Empires Online be available as a download only?” “It will be digitally distributed.” Which strictly speaking doesn’t say it won’t be in shops, but by omission implies it’s download only. There’s a trailer on the site which doesn’t appear to be embeddable anywhere else, so you can go and have a look at it there for now, along with grabs and concept stuff.

The third PC Game is Fable 3, which we already know about. Anything else worth knowing? Well, all are on Games for Windows Live, obv.

Is This Spartan?

Hey, good work Kotaku. They’ve brought to light the unannounced project from Robot Entertainment, one of the splinter companies who formed when Age-of-Empires creators Ensemble disassembled. Pretty much all the details can be ascertained from the screenshot – strategy game with role-playing elements. Kotaku also say that their sources claim that the game draws a lot from Age of Empires. Unsurprisingly. We’ll be watching this one closely? Groundless speculation… Go! My bet? Free-To-Play strategy/RPG combo, basically doing Battlefield Heroes with the RTS.

Disassembled Ensemble Reassemble

I wonder if Microsoft would still have closed down Ensemble if they’d have known Halo Wars would go on to shift an easy 1m units. Sounds as though the veteran RTS developers who comprised this former goliath of PC gaming aren’t wasting any time getting back on their feet, at least.

So far, there are three splinter companies, each promising happy days ahead.
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