GfWL Age of Empires Online Trailer

By Rebecca Smith, 5 years ago
Microsoft have released the Age of Empires Online trailer that was shown at CES 2011. The game was announced back in August 2010, but further details have been thin on the ground. As the game is GfWL enabled, it will include achievements and gamerscore. Here's a reminder of the game details from the announcement:

“Age of Empires Online” will invite players to create a living, growing online world, shared with friends and friendly rivals around the globe. Begin the journey with your own Greek civilization, and watch as it progresses from a village to an empire. Embark on quests along the way, alone or with friends, and immerse yourself in epic tales, quirky characters, adventure, history, and strategy. Together with the Games for Windows – LIVE service, “Age of Empires Online” delivers a rich, social experience that lets you play however you want — anywhere, anytime. Marrying fresh features with iconic gameplay, “Age of Empires Online” offers something for long-time fans, newcomers, and everyone in between. “Age of Empires Online” will feature:

• A persistent online capital city that lives and grows even when you’re offline
• Cooperative multiplayer quests, trading, and a level-based system that lets you progress at your own pace
• Fun, approachable style and storylines
• Free-to-play experiences via Games for Windows – LIVE
Here is the trailer:

Microsoft are currently recruiting gamers to participate in the online beta for the game. Although the closed beta has been running since August 2010, more testers are required. The minimum age to be able to participate in the beta is 18, and the beta is "English-only, offered in North American and European regions." Just to state the obvious, you will also need a Games for Windows LIVE gamertag, or an Xbox LIVE gamertag with a Silver or Gold account. These are the system requirements needed for the beta:

• A Windows Experience Index score of 3.0 or higher or...
• At least a 2 gigahertz CPU
• Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
• 128 MB video card
• 1 gigabyte (GB) total system RAM (2 GB is recommended for best performance)
• 3 GB of hard drive space
• An Internet connection capable of downloading large (500 MB–2 GB) builds of the game
You can sign up using the Microsoft Connect website. You have to complete a short questionnaire, and successful applicants will be contacted by e-mail.

Age of Empires Online will be released in 2011.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.