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"While there was only one major acquisition announced during Xbox's E3 2019 press conference, Microsoft has one more new studio up its sleeve. In a blog post shared after the show, Microsoft snuck in that it has created a brand new studio for Age of Empires headed by Microsoft veteran Shannon Loftis. The news follows last night's announcement of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which updates the classic strategy game with 4K visuals and a brand new campaign, The Last Khans. It will launch this autumn."
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-06-10-microsoft-forms-dedicated-age-of-empires-studio

So that's 15 studios under XGS. It's weird they did not announce it during their show but instead announced it through a blog post.



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Ooh a studio specifically for Age of Empires, I like this! :o



Like I said in the other thread, this makes me think development of AoE4 under Relic hasn't been going too well. Might not see that for a while yet.



I'm more interested right now in AoE 2 Definitive. Will this be a completely new purchase for AoE 2 HD owners, or will we at least get it discounted?



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Barkley said:
Like I said in the other thread, this makes me think development of AoE4 under Relic hasn't been going too well. Might not see that for a while yet.

That, and Microsoft realizing that they need more studios to feed Xbox and PC with exclusive content. Also, developing in-house would certainly mean more control over where the IP is heading.

Just waiting for Microsoft to call the Studio Ensemble Studios...



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That's really cool news, AoE is one of my favourite game series!



But... why?

They already had an AoE studio and closed them down. They should have just kept them in the first place



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I can get behind this



Would have been better if they kept Ensemble Studios around, but it is still great for the PC community that Microsoft is now building out it's game studios!



--::{PC Gaming Master Race}::--

Well a lot of people will love this new.



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