A few days ago, there was a huge commotion around the Android and iOS campfires: Microsoft is bringing its first-party games to mobile platforms other than Windows Phone! The news stemmed from this Reuters report that Age of Empires would be coming to Android and iOS, followed by other titles. The first part is correct (though not nearly as exciting as it sounds, see below) but the latter part seems to be a translation error - Phil Spencer, Microsoft's VP of the company's internal game studio, clarified the issue via his Twitter account.

The difficulty came from the fact that this isn't the same Age of Empires that some of you might know and love It's a new, licensed version of the long-standing IP in the works by Japanese game company Klab. Klab is paying for the privilege of making Age of Empires into a free mobile title (presumably similar in at least some respects to the free Age of Empires Online) set to come to Android and iOS before the end of the company's fiscal year. Somehow the folks at Reuters got the impression that the deal was for multiple games. It's just Age of Empires - no Halo, no Forza, just a free-to-play game that shares a name with a notable real-time strategy franchise. Reuters has since issued a corrected story.

We passed on the story because, frankly, an AoE title that's similar to Age of Empires Online isn't all that exciting to us - call us strategy purists if you must. We'll still be covering its release of course, and we'd love to see Microsoft's other first party titles cross over (presumably after Windows Phone goes the way of Palm). But for the time being, there's much more interesting stuff happening in Android gaming.

Source: Phil Spencer via Slash Gear

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • brkshr

    Why would MS even think about doing that? That would be just about the only reason anyone would want to use a windows phone.

  • Iggies

    Yeah, that wouldn't make sense for them to do. Speaking of games, though, why can't I play XCOM on my Android :(

    • DuncanPerkins

      Because you touch yourself at night

      • Iggies

        Yeah, I've seen Family Guy, too.

        • Kahn Souphanousinphone

          Why you no watch King of the Hill instead!? You get us cancelled. You make Conn' go to community college. Shame on you.

    • S. Ali

      If you want good games, get an iPhone. Android gaming sucks.

      • Iggies

        But it doesn't have to, is my point. I honestly don't do much mobile gaming, as I play my PS3 and PC, but it would be nice for the train rides home to have a full, non-casual game to peak my interests. Android has some, but not enough. I understand the reasons why the same games for iOS don't come to Androird, but I don't have to like them.

        • Mastermind26


      • Mark

        I you want to play the games the iPhone loving press rant on about, get an iPhone.

        However back in the real world, there are loads of Android exclusive games, but the press don't talk about them. Don't be sheep, go find games, stop being lazy and waiting for iPhone owners to tell you what to play.

      • GraveUypo

        i agree with your argument, disagree with your conclusion.

        iphone gaming sucks too, maybe a little less than android, but still sucks.

      • asd

        If you want good games, buy a PC, and dont play them on a shitty phone.

    • luigi

      probably later next year. :(
      most big game dev on mobile will start on iphone first tho

      or.. you can try iOS emulator on Android (if they exist) :P

  • http://us.playstation.com/ps4 Mark Cerny


    "Xbox, go home, you're drunk"

  • RichardCurtis

    Anyone even care about Xbox or WIndows Phone? Both tarnished and worthless brands now.

  • luigi

    lol, if MS want their WP phones succeed, they must port Halo & GoW games to WP.
    I'll jump to WP once they do that :D

  • Joseph.Stylin

    God damn, but do I wish that I could play age of empires 2 (with the expansion, of course)on my note2

    Alas, an impossible dream

    • qwerty

      I dont. One of the most boring series I have ever played.

  • ew

    Who gives a shit? The only XBox games worth playing are Halo and GoW.