Gas Powered Games and Microsoft Studios plan to celebrate the upcoming 1 year anniversary since the public launch of http://www.trueachievements.com/AoE-Online-xbox-360.htm
in style, with a mega-update for the game.
On a recent entry for the game's official blog
, Executive Producer 'AOEO Trajan' shared some of the details of the 'Anniversary Update'. In a celebratory mood myself, I've cooked you up a big bowl of copy pasta.
The Anniversary Update will include a new Pro Civilization. We are not announcing the identity of the civ right now—that will be part of a later event. I will tell you that its identity has been hinted at before by me, and that it is NOT Rome. Let’s call them the Annies for now. For those not familiar, a Pro Civilization is a complete civilization with an entirely new unit roster. It comes with all normal features expected of any purchased civ, except that it does not include campaign quests for levels 1-20. Instead, pro-civ players begin at level 20, with quick access to Sparta PvP, Argos, and a few custom quests. There will also be a repeatable demo, which will allow players to try out the new civ as much as desired before committing to the purchase. They will be available for 900 Empire Points.
The Anniversary Update will include a new Booster—a Quest Pack. This new booster will contain quests for ANY CIV, taking that Civ roughly from levels 20-30. In other words, there will now be an alternative to Argos for those players who want some different quests. Again, more details are coming, but these quests will be available to any Civ. This booster will be available for 450 Empire Points.
New Vanity Gear is coming, as well as new Empire Consumables. We will save most of these details for blog posts we have scheduled to go live on July 17th and August 8th, but I will say the words Crocodile Rampage.
So that’s the stuff that will be available for Empire Points. Of course, you can purchase those EPs using money, or earn EPs by leveling your civilizations and participating in the Alliance Wars.
Additional Content Available with the Anniversary Update:
Repeatable Quest improvements. Nearly all repeatable quests in the game now have secondary objectives with additional rewards and a variety of new challenges. Best of luck!
How about a new set of Loot Tickets? These will come in two varieties. A new Vanity Ticket does just what it sounds: when you get a Vanity Ticket in your loot, you can go to Vanity Island to turn it in for a choice of vanity items. A new Golden Ticket, when found, can be given to Marcus Pollux to receive several high quality chests.
Milestone Rewards. Finally, we have been working on a new system to reward players for playing multiple civilizations. We are calling it Milestone Rewards. As you level up your civilization, you’ll earn bonuses and awards when you hit the milestone levels (like 20, 30, and more). Once you unlock bonuses on one civ, they can be used to customize your other civilizations on that realm.
AOEO Trajan hinted that there would be even more coming in the update, such as adding Celtic environments to the Skirmish Hall. More details will be revealed in the lead up to the anniversary release on August 18th.