Age of Empires Online highlights civilizations, booster packs

Age of Empires Online is going to be DLC-supported, and today Robot Entertainment announced three new packs set to hit by the end of the year.

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Age of Empires Online will be a free download when it releases on August 16, supplemented by downloadable content packs promised on a monthly basis. Today Microsoft Game Studios and developer Robot Entertainment revealed a few new packs that we'll see hitting by the end of 2011.

The Celtic civilization are "masters of metalworking and crafting," which brings special gear and new units like the Woad Raiders, Druids, and Celtic Swordsmen. The Pro Persian civilization brings Immortals, Persian Archers, and attack elephants, along with new unit gear and Advisor cards and both single-player and PVP battle scenarios. Finally, the Skirmish Hall Booster Pack lets you customize your battle, picking your starting Age, forces, resources, difficulty, and number of enemies.

The previously announced pricing plans run the gamut of pricing. The "Empire Extras" pack, a collection of decorations, costs $4.99. The Defense of Crete Booster is $9.99, while the "Pro Civilization" pack offering premium civilization upgrades costs $19.99. These new Celts and Persians packs are only selling individual civilizations, so without announced pricing, it's hard to tell where they'll fall on the cost spectrum.

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    July 25, 2011 10:50 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Age of Empires Online highlights civilizations, booster packs.

    Age of Empires Online is going to be DLC-supported, and today Robot Entertainment announced three new packs set to hit by the end of the year.

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      July 25, 2011 3:08 PM

      $4.99, $9.99, and $19.99. Don't you just love free games? :D

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        July 25, 2011 5:24 PM

        it can be free if you want it to be. or you can pay money. what's the harm in that?

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          July 25, 2011 5:28 PM

          Yes but if you don't get the DLC, you'll be punished by having an elbow repeatedly shoved into your ribs harder and harder as you play.

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            July 25, 2011 5:34 PM

            So the experience for someone who's willing to pay should be completely equal to someone not willing to drop a dime on it?

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            July 25, 2011 5:40 PM

            i'm not sure what you mean - are you saying you can't be competitive against people who buy?

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              July 26, 2011 4:22 AM

              Just making fun of the *nudge-nudge* factor of DLC.

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      July 25, 2011 3:32 PM

      it's Gas Powered Games now, not Robot. Just an FYI...

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      July 25, 2011 5:15 PM

      How about instead of this you reform Ensemble and make Age of Empires 4.

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        July 26, 2011 12:59 AM

        Microsoft are the ones that decided to perpetrate this travesty of a game. Don't expect them to make sound decisions.

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      July 26, 2011 3:20 AM

      Man,I loved AoE3.So many fun strats;The russian zergling rush, spanish turtle to tier 3, dutch gold whoring. I'm really hoping the online version has kept some of the magic.