Microsoft pulled back the veil on some of their upcoming new projects at gamescom in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday. Although these new announcements may not resonate with the mainstream fan base like Sony’s and Electronic Arts’ revelations from yesterday, Microsoft seems to be making an effort to refocus their commitment to PC gaming.
Microsoft and Robot Entertainment announce Age of Empires Online
The popular real-time strategy franchise Age of Empires was once believed to be finished when Microsoft owned developer Ensemble Studios closed in 2009. Gamescom 2010 changed this perception with the announcement of Age of Empires Online for Games for Windows being developed by Robot Entertainment, a development house started by the founder of Ensemble Studios Tony Goodman. This new entry in the franchise will require online connection for its persistent and evolving in-game world, feature co-op and campaign quests, and competitive multi-player. Age of Empires Online is scheduled for release in 2011. To view the trailer, please click here.
Microsoft Announces Flight
A new flight simulator program entitled Flight from Microsoft will be heading to PC sometime in 2011, nearly 29 years since the introduction of the franchise. Click here to view the teaser trailer for Flight.
Windows Phone 7 launch games list released including Halo: Waypoint
Microsoft’s attempt at capturing a portion of the mobile phone gaming market has yielded an impressive list of launch titles for their new Windows Phone 7 tentatively scheduled to release sometime this fall. Halo: Waypoint, your online hub for everything relevant to the Halo universe, headlines the list which also includes:
Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
Splinter Cell: Conviction
- Guitar Hero 5
These titles exemplify only a fraction of the truly monolithic list which is best viewed here in its entirety.
Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, will get Kinect on November 10
The highly publicized camera and motion-sensing controller finally got its release date of November 10, 2010, for the European, African, and Middle Eastern regions. The device will retail for 150 euros in Europe and will come bundled with Kinect Adentures.