Might be interesting. Though I used to love AoE my desire to play the game has fizzled out. The Total War games are far superior as you build an empire and have direct control over battles. It requires much more thought and strategy.
Though the nice thing about AoE is that you could fire it up play for 20 minutes and win. Whereas the Total War games require weeks or months of slow progression. Especially with the time needed to plan out buildings for cities and units to produce when you have over 15 cities.
[citation][nom]hoof_hearted[/nom]* Free-to-play experiences via Games for Windows – LIVEMeh, sounds like another MMORPG where the free stuff is just bait for the premium content.[/citation]
I interpret this more as meaning "it's free to play games once you have bought the client", not "you can DL a client for free and play", in order to keep ppl from freaking out that "now that it's MMO there's going to be a monthly fee." Could be wrong; have no idea.
I know you have your own city and all, but it doesn't seem as if it'll be like the original games and I'm not sure I really like the cartoony style portrayed on the website... Or maybe this is just my method for not being disappointed when the game does release.
AOE II and III were two of my favorites. Rise of Nations was awesome too. I hope it is a smart combination of RTS and MMO. I want something I can play with my friends without always having to worry about getting online at the same time. Not sure if that is possible but I hope it offers something like that.
I am a HUGE Age of Empires fan, and have played it since Age of Empires I all the way until Microsoft disbanded Ensemble Studios (sad day).
Glad to see that they are returning to the series in some form. In my opinion, the Age series was right up there with games like the Civ series and Starcraft.
I just hope the "free-to-play" doesn't turn into a "pay-to-play-if-you-want-to-actually-win"