Age of Empires III Summary
A job advert popped up on therecently, searching for a senior software engineer to work at Decisive Games on "the next installment in a beloved strategy game franchise".
Considering Microsoft don't own the rights to too many strategy series that you'd call "beloved", the only one that springs immediately to mind is classic RTS Age of Empires. Might that be what Decisive is working on?
There are doings afoot over at Microsoft's Redmond campus as they want a senior games developer to join their team who are working on "an established and well-loved" strategy franchise. It's a AAA project.
No Windows Phone exclusive nonsense presumably, and PC might be getting some Microsoft love after all. Age of Empires is Microsoft's strategy flagship series.
Robot Entertainment is made up of former Ensemble veterans with Age of Empires to their name. Patrick Hudson of the studio still believes real-time strategy can be big business.
He admits though it's "changing a lot," and he's not sure where "it's going to go." The days of selling millions of copies at "50 or 60 bucks as a PC game" are gone; PC retail not there.
Ensemble Studios founder Bruce Shelley stated that he felt Age of Empires III was a "huge mistake", and that they deviated too far from what made the first two games classics.
Microsoft Game Studios has just announced that Robot Entertainment is developing Age of Empires Online, with beta signups now going live.
This was the project thought of as 'Spartan'. AOE Online gives us a "persistent online capitol city" that we can grow and nurture while conquering.