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Age of Empires: Castle Siege

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Smoking Gun Interactive
Release Date: Sept. 2014

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'Age of Empires: Castle Siege' Servers Shutting Down in 2019

by Rainier on Nov. 14, 2018 @ 1:06 a.m. PST

Join Age of Empires: Castle Siege and build a castle city, defend against marauders and, when your army is ready, lay siege to opponents. All before breakfast.

Age of Empires: Castle Siege brings a fast-paced experience to Win 8 touch-based screens (PC and Win. 8 phones) while delivering all the strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for.

Choose from one of several civilizations, expand your castle into a massive city, defend your walls against marauding empires and, when your newly trained army is ready, lay siege to other castles built by online opponents.

Microsoft announced that after May 13, 2019, Age of Empires: Castle Siege will no longer be supported, and will no longer be available for download. Current Age of Empires: Castle Siege players can still download and play the game up until May 13. After May 13, matchmaking services will end, which means the game will no longer be playable.

While we're sad to close Age of Empires: Castle Siege, we're excited for what's to come for the Age franchise with the recent release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and upcoming titles such as Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV.

“For Smoking Gun Interactive, it has been an honor to work on Age of Empires: Castle Siege and we are truly sad to see that this is coming to an end. The team really enjoyed working on this title and had many exciting ideas on where to take it, but unfortunately that was just not possible,” said John Johnson, CEO of Smoking Gun Interactive. “We hold dear the wonderful years we’ve shared with our players and that experience will remain with us forever. You all made this game very successful and we thank you for that and are grateful for the opportunity from Microsoft to have worked on such a beloved franchise.”

Smoking Gun Interactive will continue to support the product and community for Age of Empires: Castle Siege through to its shut down period. The studio has another strategy title in the works and is working on securing its next new partnership and title that will be built with the latest incarnation of the Caliber engine used to create Age of Empires: Castle Siege and other titles.

Key Features:

  • Empire-Building for those on the go: From building your castle into an impressive city, accumulating your resources to keep your fortress and your lands safe, to training your armies to both defend and attack your enemies, Castle Siege is built for you to enjoy the expansiveness of an Age of Empires game with the speed and simplicity of touch-based gaming.
  • Built for Touch: Now all your strategizing, empire-building and sieging is controlled by the simple swipe of your finger. Drag paths on the touchscreen to command units directly in battle. Using this tactical control to counter your opponents’ defenses is crucial to victory.
  • Connect with your Xbox Live Friends: Forge alliances with your Xbox Live friends, compete against other alliances for prized ‘crown count’, and fight your way to the top of the leaderboards.
  • Recruit The Greatest Heroes: when times get tough, it’s time to call up heroes. From Richard the Lionheart to Charlemagne, Castle Siege will allow you to deploy them to turn the battle in your favor.
  • Cross-platform play only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8: If you have multiple Windows 8 devices, no matter. Your game progress is always saved to your Gamertag. Furthermore, you can battle friends across platforms, so any Windows 8 PC, tablet or Windows Phone 8 can join the siege.
  • Several civilizations to choose from: Age of Empires: Castle Siege starts off with six civilizations from the Medieval Era, including Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus. Each civilization has upwards of six unique “cultural units”, along with cavalry and trebuchets equipment.
  • Recreate Famous Historical Battles: play through 10 historical battles, including the Siege of Marienburg and the Fall of Constantinople.

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