Microsoft Age of Empires Online Announced at Gamescom

At Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft announced "Age of Empires Online," which includes features like: "persistent game play which allows a user's capital city to live and grow even when the user is offline, this could make for some very interesting game play and perhaps a more immersive game that doesn't require constant input. Other […]

At Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft announced "Age of Empires Online," which includes features like: "persistent game play which allows a user's capital city to live and grow even when the user is offline, this could make for some very interesting game play and perhaps a more immersive game that doesn't require constant input. Other notable features are "cooperative multiplayer quests, trading, and a level-based system that lets you progress at your own pace", the social elements of the game will require a Games for Windows Live Gamertag. The game also features levelling up and quests for users to carry out."

A website has been set up, currently the game is in testing and is named Project S; it's possible to request access to the beta through Microsoft Connect.

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