Japanese media is reporting that Microsoft is branching out beyond its own devices, planning a number of game releases for iOS and Android devices. Apparently a number of console and Windows PC titles are now on the list, but the first one we’ve heard of is a classic: A free-to-play version of Age of Empires.
To clarify, Microsoft has released the following statement:
Today, KLab Inc. announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop a mobile version of Microsoft Studio’s Age of Empires franchise, which will be initially developed in English for iOS and Android and launched globally, with plans to release the game in other languages and on Windows Phone in the future.
This isn’t the first time the company has looked to alternative mobile platforms for its games – following a successful launch of Kinectimals on Xbox 360, the game also popped up on iOS and Android. Projects like Xbox SmartGlass also support the two most popular mobile devices.
We don’t have any firm release dates or other details just yet, but we might not be waiting long: Age of Empires is anticipated to arrive before the end of the Microsoft fiscal year – that is, the end of June.