Microsoft Game Studios has announced that the real-time strategy sequel, Age of Empires III, is slated to ship in the second half of 2005. Developed by Dallas, Texas-based Ensemble Studios, this latest release will bring new gameplay elements, new civilizations and new technologies to the award-winning franchise that has sold 16 million units worldwide.
Age of Empires III promises to offer advanced battle physics and visual detail never before seen in an RTS. The game picks up where Age of Empires II: Age of Kings left off, casting gamers in the role of a European power determined to explore, colonize and conquer the New World.
Detailed environments will range from towering European cathedrals to Native American villages and combat elements will include Industrial Age rifled infantry, cavalry and tall warships bristling with cannons. Also new to the franchise is an immersive single-player campaign that will span three generations.
In addition to Age of Empires, Microsoft Game Studios is home to such hit PC properties as Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon, as well as Xbox favorites such as Fable, Halo, Project Gotham Racing and MechAssault. More information on Age of Empires III can be found at www.ensemblestudios.com.