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 Age of Empires Online  shutting down today
Age of Empires Online shutting down today
July 1, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

July 1, 2014 | By Christian Nutt
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Newsbrief: Today, Microsoft shut down Age of Empires Online, its free-to-play expansion of the popular strategy franchise first created by the erstwhile Ensemble Studios in the mid 1990s.

Age of Empires Online was originally developed by Robot Entertainment and later by Gas Powered Games. The game originally launched in 2011 but ceased updating in early 2013. Its closure was announced less than a month ago.

At last year's GDC Europe, Microsoft's Kevin Perry delivered a lecture on how the company originally whiffed the game's free-to-play design -- calling the business model "a disaster" at the time of its launch -- but was able to turn the game into a success.

You can watch Perry's talk for free at the GDC Vault.


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Bruno Xavier
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Fans really didn't like this version of the game. I see ppl call it "Age of FarmVille" everywhere.

Josh Bycer
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The concept was interesting at the time but when you combine microtransactions with competitive gameplay, it never works out well. What's also telling is that I had no idea that it was still online as I thought it closed last year.

Voldemaras ZT
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I'm not sure if I follow, designer last year called this game a success, then ceased updating it and it got shut down?

Arjen Meijer
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Likely not successful enough, only played it at the release and didn't know they worked on improving it, so never came back to try it.

Matt Robb
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"Success" may just mean "barely managed a profit".


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