What Will Happen to the "Age of…" Game Franchise?

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  1. Om,
    Wow. That brings back some memories. We were utter pimps against DeWayne and Nathan — undefeated if I recall correctly. My favorite AOE set up was to play Byzantine on islands, go Naval early, and pound the stuffing out of the land defenses with waterborne projectiles.

    Our secret, if I recall correctly, was one of us went offensive, while the other super fortified and built a Wonder of the World.

  2. The news of Ensemble’s closure hit me hard, and now I too am waiting with bated breath to hear word of the fate of the AoE series. The sequels were all great in their own way, but the original AoE and its Rise of Rome expansion hold a very special place in my heart. I wasn’t much older than 10 when I first played it, so there’s a lot of nostalgia packed into those pixels. This was this game that got me interested in ancient history, an interest which endures to this day.

    My friends and I still regularly fire up a good long game of the original AoE at our LAN parties, and we still have a blast playing it. It’s a mark of a true classic when a game is still played regularly at LANs more than a decade after its release.

    It’s tragic that the developer of such a classic game – the first in a series with over 20 million sales to its credit – has ended up a casualty of Microsoft’s corporate agenda.

    R.I.P. Ensemble.

  3. I never played the first one, but my brother bought II and then got annoyed, as the whole family got addicted to it! I wasn’t so keen on Mythology, but Age III was quality. It’s an HD revisit of Age of Empires II that i’m holding out for though. I also enjoyed Cossacks very much, is anyone still making games like these?

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