Since its release in August 2011, Age of Empires Online (PC)
has seen a steady stream of new content. Between new civilizations, such as Persia
, the Celts
and even the achievement-less Babylonians and Norse, alongside entire new game modes provided by the Skirmish Booster Pack
, Defense of Crete Booster Pack
and the re-vamped Spartan Academy, let's just say that Age of Empires Online
is not hurting for content. After making the change to a free-to-play (F2P) title earlier this year, developer Gas Powered Games continued churning out new vanity items, new scenarios and community events.
With yesterday's blog post, Gas Powered Games has announced that they are done creating new content for Age of Empires Online
. The servers will continue to be handled by Microsoft, so the game itself is not going anywhere. The earning of Empire Points, all existing content, and continued forum support, which includes the excellent Empire Handbook
will also remain the same. Any bug fixes however, will only take place for those deemed to be "critical bugs". There is "a small amount of content" that will be released over the next few weeks, but this doesn't include any major additions. This announcement did officially confirm that the promised Roman Civilization will not be released, nor will any further PvP modes be introduced.
While it is unfair to say that the game is "dead", it is accurate to say that the game is now "complete" as the upcoming content is unlikely to add achievements. No further achievements means that the title will remain at the odd score of 1,455 GS.