June 25th 2013 11:04 am PT

“Age Of Empires” being developed for iOS and Android

Yesterday KLab Inc. announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft to develop a mobile version of Microsoft Studio’s “Age of Empires” franchise, which will be initially developed in English for iOS and Android and launched globally, with plans to release the game in other languages and on Windows Phone in the future.

Some reports included incorrect information about additional Xbox based games on iOS and Android but there are no further announcements beyond “Age of Empires” at this time.


Industry By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Guest

    And windows phone ? :(

    • TailsFox88

      “with plans to release the game in other languages and on Windows Phone in the future.”
      It’s in the article. :)

  • Fanbolt Hunter

    You really don’t inspire confidence in your own platform by not insisting it get equal treatment.

  • sag969

    Too bad windows phone is getting it last rather than first.

    • Alex

      Just hand over the OS to Nokia since they support the platform more than MS does.

      • RicardoDawkins

        Agree. Microsoft is so pathetic….Nokia is all in on Windows Phone and Redmond is doing a disservice to the Finns.

    • John M

      Yeah I am sick of MS treating WP8 like some red headed stepchild. I wish the suits over there would actually support more then just Azure and Office 365. Windows Store is a barren wasteland, Windows Phone is just ignored with a massive wall of silence, and Surface is this year’s Zune.

  • NBA Kirkland

    Will it have Xbox Live features like achievements and leaderboards?

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      Unlikely with Microsoft not doing the port.

  • Boss

    Where’s the Black Ops 2 sale upto 50% off?

    • Does Not Equal

      Not in this comment section.

  • Alex

    Isn’t Kinectimals already on IOS and Android. Not the first time MS has done phone games.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      Microsoft published Kinectimals and Wordament. Microsoft is not publishing this game, but licensing the franchise to a third-party developer.

  • http://www.jpitta.com/ PittaMan

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation. See your comment.” – Wonderful

    • datetimeboy

      Don’t swear next time. Keep cool! :)

  • dovellonsky

    Idiots decision. 1st Wp8 wp8 Wp8

  • http://www.pathofdestruction.us/forums Xtowers

    And you’re not releasing it first on your Windows Phone platform why?

  • fsdfg dsfds

    Bring it to 360, hell even ps2 got it

    Age II and Company of heroes are by far my fav RTS games

  • mdwhitby

    Sorry Major but that is dumb. As a proud Lumia 920 owner at the very least I would expect Microsoft franchises to appear on WP8 first. Hope the executive reshuffle gets rid of the deadwood and enables the various MS departments to operate in joined up manner.

    • fsdfg dsfds

      proud Lumia 920 owner HAHAHA you tweetbook kids and your lame phones

      • Tyler Jones

        Voted Smartphone of the Year by Engadget readers. I don’t own one, but I do have an HTC 8X and Windows Phone 8 really does save a lot of time.

        • fsdfg dsfds

          I wouldnt know,im not part of the tweetbook mobile phone tard generation,as i use my phone you know for phone calls/texts

          These smart phones are just a waste of money,with garbage games and crappy touch screen,you dont need a quad core snapdragon to browse the web either

          • Nick Peck

            I have the Lumia 928, fantastic phone and I have one because I want it and can afford it and simply do not care that you don’t like smart phones :D

          • fsdfg dsfds

            Do you tweet it up good?

          • Fox E Salazar

            Smart phones have other uses than just tweeting. They are pretty much a small computer that makes phone calls as well as everything a normal computer does. As far as I can tell you’re just someone who can’t understand the fast moving tech. Its smartphones today, headchips tomorrow.

          • fsdfg dsfds

            I know there very powerfull, shame they dont put D-pad and buttons on the dam things,my opinion would by much Diff, Im happy with my dingo a320 for handheld games

          • TonyLN

            I have a blue-tooth controller that I hook up to my phone at times. It works well for games that utilize it.

          • fsdfg dsfds


      • mdwhitby

        I’m 40 so hardly a kid

    • Clattus

      That would be stupid since the vast majority own an i-phone or other device. Comes down to sales and common sense. They won’t lose out in making the tiny, hardcore niche who will buy the game anyway wait a little longer.

      • mdwhitby

        Except the role of MS should be to ensure support for their own platform not their direct competitors.

        • Clattus

          Not in the smart-phone market though I would agree if it was for consoles. Difference is that it makes the console a selling point. Everybody and their dog already has a smart-phone(iPhone or samsung mostly) and the selling point for them is not games especially the majority of them being casual games.

  • Tyler Jones

    If even Microsoft can’t instill confidence in its own product then how can they possibly expect a consumer to choose their product over the competitor. Next time just release Halo 5 on PS4 and Wii U before you put it on Xbox One.
    Again I understand that the analogy doesn’t carry all that well in the mobile space and I understand that you want to make money by selling the game on all platforms, but choosing to make the game exclusive on competitors devices first is a huge sign of weakness.

    • Nick Peck

      Would you just shut up about this already? NOTHING happened to YOU. How did them changing their minds “affect” you at all? IT DIDNT. Can we read one article here without someone like you bringing this up constantly please?

      The rest of us are over it and or simply do not care, go jump on the sony forums and say whatever you want. Good god, when does school start up again? I don’t mean to be crass but this it’s so annoying. No one owes you anything in life, learn that. It’s not like MS doing what they did cost any of us any time or money considering it’s not even out yet. No harm, no foul.

      • Tyler J

        Everything happened to me! I own a windows phone and a Microsoft surface! Why should Microsoft give other companies exclusive content when their own products are lacking?
        If were getting in to console choices I’m buying an Xbox One first because I’m buying the product with the most developer support on day one. If Sony gets better 3rd party games I’ll buy one.
        As for school, I’ll be happy when school starts up too because I graduate this year with a dual major in Biology and Bioinformatics on track to go to Med school next year. Obviously if you didn’t care like you say, you wouldn’t go straight for a personal attack when all I was doing was expressing my dissatisfaction with their decision to release exclusive content on competitor products before their own products which I own. Stereotyping to try to make my comments hold less weight only makes you sound less intelligent.

        • TonyLN

          Not saying I disagree with you entrily, but MS is leasing the rights to the IP to 3rd party developer who probably doesn’t want to make a game for Windows Phone at the moment. Part of the deal is probably that after they finish the Android/iOS version they have to make a Windows Phone version too.

          No money is being taken away from Windows Phone development – in fact it could be the other way around where the money they make from leasing it out will be put towards some windows-phone exclusive titles.

  • Boss

    won’t be buying any DLC from them now as it’s too late might as well save the cash for BF4 as Ghosts looks like recycled garbage

  • ElektroDragon

    What are you from, the 60s? “Don’t trust anyone over 30…40.. etc”. Go home, hippie!

  • ElektroDragon

    What’s next, Mario on iOS?

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    Relax, we don’t even know if Microsoft had plans to do anything with the franchise. The Verge reports that Microsoft doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about the idea. This developer already has ports on iOS and Android so they probably approached MS about it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    They aren’t releasing the game. They’re licensing the franchise to a third-party who is deciding to build for iOS and Android first.

  • Avatar Roku

    Don’t mind you developing games for iOS and Android, but not making a Windows 8 or Windows Phone version first is BS. If Microsoft doesn’t prioritize it’s own platforms then you can’t expect other companies to do so.

    • sebastianboehm

      Maybe they realised that windows phone 8 is already “zuned”! Zuned is a mixture of beeing sucessless like zune and beeing doomed *ggg* Maybe we have luck and they stop wasting money on something, 97% of the mobile market just doesn’t want!

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    I agree, Xbox on Windows Phone has been rather underwhelming with the lack of real-time multiplayer games and AAA titles. Both Apple and Google are ramping up their mobile gaming platforms, so we should see more AAA game franchises and functionality.

  • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

    Another backwards comedy decision. What’s going on over their in Xbox HQ?

    • sebastianboehm

      Developing for Windows Phone? For 3 % Market Share? Are U Kidding? Buy yourself a SMARTphone and get happy (it is not smart to bet on an outsider operating system with ugly Tiles).

      • Miles Taven

        You call metro ugly?? What the heck is android then? It looks amateur.

  • RicardoDawkins

    The comments above me already placed the sentiments of the Windows Phone community…

    Major Nelson… which Windows Phone device do you use as your daily driver… or is that an iPhone we see in your pocket ???

  • ElektroDragon

    Well, I was already considering trading my WP7 in for an Android phone, and this just makes the decision easier.


      You should.. I did just last week and I never even got around to playing a single windows 8 phone game either. Can’t say I care to be honest with you.

      • Nick Peck

        The android OS is total garbage (let me close 70 apps that I never started)… lol I hate that OS as it STILL chugs on very powerful hardware. But to each his own :) WP8 is a ton better than WP7, though I don’t game much on my phones but what I have played runs very fast and looks fantastic on the Lumia 928. But either way, enjoy whatever you get, as that is all that matters.

  • Lucas Sanches Cestari

    you know… the pc version you only have to use the mouse to play the game( the keyboard is optional) sooo, they will have to change the HUD a little and… yea…. touchscreen =3

  • DrToker

    Slow, strategic and the input is simple. I would say that it’s perfect for mobile devices and can still bring depth.

  • DrToker

    MS should have told KLab Inc that if they want the license, they have to release it for Windows 8 and WP first or simultaniously. This just rubbs my balls the wrong way.

  • StrikeSudden

    You have to love how Microsoft, its employees and even this blog support Windows phone. Even the built in xbox app not working properly, no push notifications at all. If all Microsoft employees had to live with this phone it might get some things fixed and some innovation. Instead even sprint has dropped all windows nokia phones. Thank you for the phone support Microsoft and all your faithful employees who have embraced it.

  • GmailIsDown

    Hey Microsoft are you going to dump Windows Phone like you dumped Kin, Zune, and GFWL? You hold Nokia hostage so they have to support it, but you keep dropping the ball.

  • GmailIsDown

    Turn based like Farmville maybe?

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    what is going on? win 8, xbone, and now this. its sabotage.

  • GmailIsDown

    They did the same thing to GFWL. Even their own publisher stopped using GFWL long before it is dead.

    I’m using a Lumia 920 and love it. But it seems I’ll go back to iOS when my 2 year contract expires, as by that time Nokia should have already sold off their Lumia WP business, and I have no confidence that Microsoft will support it.

  • John

    IMHO I don’t think MS totally understands the concepts of exclusivity.

    While I like the Xbox brand going everywhere and broadening its reach, I dislike the fact that MS announces things to be exclusive, when they are only so for a short period and/or can also be played on the PC. Exclusivity means that a game CANNOT be played ANYWHERE else but on your platform. I know they cater for the PC crowd as well, but the way MS approaches this, is detrimental to both platforms’ essence.

    I think MS should only release Xbox Music and Video to other platforms and only tease the Xbox games on those clients to attract customers to MS platforms if they want to play those. However, AoE going multiplatform isn’t really a big deal. It’s a F2P game (that has been on the PC with added paid DLC for quite a while now) just like Wordament.

    • Xboner2013

      Well, in some cases especially for tablets and phone, they really don’t have a platform that would justify a release numbers wise. You do bring up a good point, which I think you are referring to TitanFall. For them to lock it up it completely they probably would have to put down a lot more money. Furthermore, MS did stand up some internal studios but they worked on Kinect stuff for years, or a good part of them did.

      I tend to agree with you, if you don’t have exclusives, why bother, just buy a PC or steam box or whatever. I mean in theory Sony could offer TitanFall at release through Gaikai.

    • Nick Peck

      Well those games will run on Windows, which is an MS platform :D I’m sure there is more to this anyways and we just have to wait to hear more about it. For me personally I could care less about either of these game but I do understand why people would be upset. Get it out on WP first then to everyone else.

      • Guest

        He’s right. All ps3/ps4 owners have a Windows PC and they can play Alan Wake, Titanfall and more. Xbox exclusives is a joke.

        • Nick Peck

          Again, why? Both platforms are MS built so it’s working out great for them and the dev’s :p I know, I understand what you mean.

  • Forsythia

    Microsoft sure has faith in their own platform. Why not release this on Windows Phone first and then on iOS and Android?

    • MobileVortex

      It’s already on windows phone….

  • John

    Maybe. I hope my message got through to MS about the Kinect opt-in choice in the Live Coverage post.
    Though I’d much rather have the Turtle Beach Surround headset (that new connector on the Xbox One controllers apparently allows Surround passthrough)instead of the mono headset (and that ghastly earpiece on the PS4).
    I’m also wondering when MS is finally going to announce the multitouch display that connects under the pad much like the messenger pad did on the Xbox 360. I guess MS is holding back information to leak or release later on.

    • Nick Peck

      Yah, they still have a few more shows to release new stuff at as they had to hold something back for them haha. I don’t want summer to end but man, I want nov to roll around already.

  • Miguel Melendez

    Today, Microsoft said not headset in Xbox one!!! why? Why? Why? 500$ and not headset? I feel so bad!!! My Xbox 360 for 300$ have headset, why for 500$ Xbox one not?

    • kingcrusher

      Echo, echo, echo….

    • Bush O Connor

      so they can take even more money off you. wouldnt be so bad if a 360 wireless headset would work on it.

      • Miguel Melendez

        Not work! Because wireless headset is Bluetooth and the Xbox one don’t have Bluetooth
        Only wifidirect

    • BigBernard

      “why? Why? Why?”……..Delilah

  • Miguel Melendez

    I’m unbelive!!! Why???? If my Xbox 360 for $300 have headset!!!! Why??! For 200$ more no headset

    Really? I don’t understand Microsoft

    I think cancel my pre orden in amazon of my Xbox one

    I prefer stay with my Xbox 360 better

  • St Jhoan Miguel

    microsfot shoul be change hdmi cable for headset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • usrev

    why not have this game on xbox and use kinect as a mouse pointer? maybe not 360 but for xbox one surely it could work =

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    Because Microsoft would develop, publish it themselves, and make it an Xbox title.