Come on Microsoft.
Microsoft has stopped the updates for Age of Empires Online because they’re too costly. Remember the days when the series was revered among many? What happened that people have lost interest in these games? Maybe it is because of Age of Empires 3 and its change in direction, or simply because strategy games don’t really have a big market right now.
Robot Entertainment was working on the game and then gave the reigns to Gas Powered games, which also kind of indicates the problems the publisher faced while trying to make a big profit out of the game.
Here’s what executive producer Kevin “Trajan” Perry wrote on their blog (Via GamesIndustry.Biz)
“Creating top-tier content, as we have been for the last year and a half, is very expensive-too expensive to maintain for long, as it turns out. We can no longer afford to keep creating it. AOEO already has a very large amount of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment, and adding more is no longer cost-effective,” he said.
“This is a bittersweet announcement for me to make. While I wish that we had been able to add everything that we had wanted (especially a Roman civilisation), I am very proud of the work that has been done to get to this point. Over the past year specifically we have made a significant amount of changes to the service, including highly complex changes like altering the business model entirely.”
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