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July 20, 2011

2 new civilisations and a new booster pack for Age of Empires Online revealed!

 Microsoft Studios today announced 2 brand new civilisations to the Age of Empires Online family, the Celts and the Persians. Both of these exciting new civilisation will be available in the holiday season, they wont be available at launch but will be DLC for a little later down the road. This gives players plenty of time to enjoy the Greeks and Egyptians before moving forward! The new civilisations bring with them new unit and building art, including new gear. Each civilisation will likely have its own unique play style including different bonuses – they’ll certainly shake things up for competitive players!

Here are some of the details about the new civilisations from the official website:


Celtic Civilization

Invaders from the Northern Tribes are here! Take on the Celts, masters of metalworking and crafting, as you explore new lands and new challenges in Age of Empires Online. Roam the snowy northern realms as you learn their new units, such as the frenzied Woad Raiders, the dangerous Druids, and the powerful Celtic Swordsmen. Earn new gear and great rewards with the Celts!


Persian Civilization

Travel east as you command the Persians, one of the most powerful empires in ancient times, who controlled much of the known world and influenced culture around the globe. Battle with unique units such as the Immortals, mounted Persian Archers, and special attack elephants. Uncover new unit gear and Advisor cards. Single player and PvP battles await you!

New booster pack – Skirmish mode!

A Skirmish mode has also been announced as a downloadable booster pack for the winter season. This booster pack will answer the calls from many fans bringing back the classic Age of Empires ability to set up custom matches between players. Choose from classic mode to other objectives, set your own starting age and resource amounts. The Skirmish booster pack is going to be very popular with Age players both new and old I am sure! Here is some more detail and a screenshot:

Skirmish Hall Booster Pack

With our Skirmish Hall Booster, YOU control the battlefield. Customize your starting Age, your starting forces, your beginning resources, the difficulty levels, and even the number of enemies you face. Take on one, two, or three enemies at once! Set the teams and choose the maps! With this level of customization, Age of Empires Online players can create nearly endless hours of game play while varying the battlefield scenarios. In the Skirmish Hall, a rich and robust experience awaits you!

Less than a month away!

Dont forget that Age of Empires Online is now less than a month away now! We will soon be enjoying creating our unique empires and conquering rival empires via online play or through the extensive single player campaign. If fighting isnt your thing(!?).. there’s always the vanity DLC pack to keep your capital city look brisk and prime!

Age of Empires Online launches August 16th developed by Robot Entertainment & Gas Powered Games. Many Ensemblites were involved in the process while the game was in production at Robot. From my hands on experience with the game, I can confirm this excellent title lives up to the quality of Ensemble Studios developed games in the series before it.

See you online August 16th!


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