Microsoft: Age of Empires is Safe

This morning, we reported that Microsoft has emphasized its commitment to PC gaming despite its announcement that it would be closing Age of Empires creator Ensemble Studios.

Shane Kim, Microsoft VP of interactive entertainment, echoed the sentiment and went on to assure worried gamers about the future of the multi-million-selling Age of Empires strategy series. "Microsoft continues to own Age of Empires." Kim explained to Edge. "We're still super excited for the potential for the franchise. The Windows gaming world continues to evolve, and we believe in the future of that property."

Kim also elaborated on the new company that is to be created from the remains of Ensemble. The new studio will be independent and founded by the heads of Ensemble, but Kim promises "we will have an ongoing relationship with that new company" including post-release support for Ensemble's final project, Halo Wars.

Should a new Age of Empires game be on the way, it is unknown what development studio will undertake the effort.

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    September 10, 2008 4:20 PM


    Where is your Steam competitor?

    Why not focus a bit more on PC gaming, and make consoles secondary?

    Oh wait, you make more money on the 2nd, even though real gamers prefer the first!

    Let me redo that last sentence.

    Real, mature gamers prefer the PC.

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      September 10, 2008 4:29 PM

      Oh god not this again.

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      September 10, 2008 4:34 PM


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      September 10, 2008 4:35 PM

      They can change the face of gaming alot easier on console with micro transactions. All the idiots that jumped on the Horse Armor proved this to them. I guess it makes good buisness sense, and with the amount of people buying into the console nickel and diming... it's not going to get any better. That being said your post as written is complete flamebait. I prefer PC gaming because I don't have many problems patching, configuring, ect., and the benefits are obvious. That being said I love my Wii and PS3 also.

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        September 10, 2008 5:04 PM

        I wouldn't say real gamers but gamers who have had the opportunity to compare both platforms. We have kids at our LAN party who prefer the PC now because they have had the opportunity to try out PC gaming. Most kids these days don't. They walk into Gamestop and see tons of console games. Also consoles and their games are advertised on TV so basically they are shepherded to the casual platforms of gaming.

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      September 10, 2008 7:19 PM

      Please un-register.

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      September 10, 2008 10:14 PM

      lolz.. enjoy your real, mature games then.

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      September 11, 2008 12:12 AM

      real mature gamers prefer little japanese girls wearing school outfit

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