Microsoft is certainly investing heavily in the Age of empires IP. As well as revitalizing past games and working on a sequel, they’re also bringing the franchise to mobile devices.
Tencent recently announced (via Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter) that TiMi Studios (the developer of Mobile call of duty and Pokemon unite) works with Microsoft and Age of empires World’s Edge overseers on a new series game for mobile devices. The game is called Back to the Empire, and currently slated for launch in China.
It’s not yet clear when (or if) it will hit Western markets, or what in-game monetization will look like, but Age of empires seems like a franchise that would do well in the mobile space. Check out his announcement below.
During this time, Age of Empires 2 and 3 Definitive editions also receive new regular content updates, while Age of Empires 4 launches in October.
Tencent’s TiMi Studios group confirmed that it is working with Xbox Game Studios and its subsidiary World’s Edge to adapt Age of Empires IP to smartphones.
The game is being developed by TiMi Studios under the title “Return to Empire” and is expected to launch in China. pic.twitter.com/xGNjQZjeKE
– Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) August 12, 2021