June 25, 2013
Contrary to what was widely reported earlier today, Microsoft is not planning on releasing mobile ports of a number of its Xbox and computer titles. Rather, at the moment, the company is working to bring only its popular Age of Empires game to iOS and other mobile platforms. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, Age of Empires is going to be launched for iPhones and Android smartphones in March 2014, followed by a version for Windows Phone. No confirmation yet, though, on whether it's going to be released as a free-to-play game, as reported earlier. The upcoming mobile edition of Age of Empires is being developed by Japanese developer KLab Inc. in collaboration with Microsoft. Age of Empires is a historical real-time strategy game first released as a PC game way back in 1997. By all accounts, it looks set to be the biggest Microsoft-published game yet to make its way to iOS. Microsoft's current portfolio of iOS ports include Kinectimals, Wordament, and Ms. Splosion Man. Let's hope Nintendo finally comes to its senses, follows Microsoft's example, and ends up porting at least one of its popular computer games. By which, of course, I mean any or all of its Super Mario games.