Microsoft Game Studios has announced an official release date and retail package for Gas Powered Games' free-to-play interpretation of PC strategy classic, Age of Empires.
The new title, Age of Empires Online, will launch on 16th August, 2011.
Age of Empires Online is primarily a free-to-play game, with players promised an average of 40 hours play before they need to start buying in-game items and downloadable content. A retail package has been announced however, which will cost $19.99 USD and include the following content:
- The Premium Greek Civilisation, containing Rare and Epic items, new Advisors, the Player vs. Player Arena and more
- Windy's Wild Widgets Store to give your civilization an edge with the ability to buy and sell special items
- Limited-edition poster and Advisor cards
Microsoft is also planning a lot of further in-game DLC, the first of which will offer free account holders access to the extras in the retail edition for the same price.
Microsoft will add new civilizations to Age of Empires Online too, with a $19.99 USD price point already set down. Booster packs containing new storylines and game modes will also be available, for $9.99 USD.
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