The top-selling PC game “Age of Empires” is now going east! Today, Microsoft Game Studios, Ensemble Studios and Big Huge Games Inc. released the first details about Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties, the second expansion pack for Age of Empires III.
The Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties expansion pack is scheduled to arrive on Windows XP and Windows Vista- based PCs this autumn. It will pack in Asian civilizations, new gameplay features, and even a new developer that will provide a unique twist to the Age of Empires PC game.
Along with the introduction of playable Asian civilizations, “The Asian Dynasties” expansion pack will provide new content and several new gameplay elements that include new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic “Age of Empires” game styles, and 15 new Asian wonders.
The latest expansion pack for Age of Empires, “The Asian Dynasties” happens to be the first title to be developed by Big Huge Games development studio of real-time strategy franchise “Rise of Nations” fame.
According to Brian Reynolds, chief executive officer and creative director of Big Huge Games, “We’re honoured to have the opportunity to develop ‘Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties’ with Ensemble Studios and confident that the innovation of both teams will deliver an exciting experience for fans of this franchise. We feel that the in-depth experience of Big Huge Games in the real-time strategy genre, combined with the solid reputation of the ‘Age of Empires’ franchise, will result in something fresh and unique for gamers.”
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will also ship as a Games for Windows titles with easier installation, improved reliability and support for key Windows Vista features including the Games Explorer and Parental Controls.