REAL TIME STRATEGY GAME Age of Empires is indeed being developed by Japanese smartphone game market Klab.
We reported last week that Microsoft was closing in on the release of the game on Apple and Android smartphones, and that Klab was lined up to develop it.
Microsoft, Klab and Age of Empires all stayed mute on the rumour until now.
The Age of Empires Facebook page has been updated with a statement that acknowledges that a game is in development, but stops short of actually saying that its appearance on Apple iOS or Android devices is on the cards.
"While the Klab Age of Empires game is still early in development, our intentions are to leverage the strength of mobile platforms (including Windows Phone 8 ) as well as Klab's strengths in that space," it said.
"This will not be a port of an existing AOE game, but a new genre of strategy game appropriate to the platform and the audience."
We were expecting a work of an existing title, so this is good news. We don't know whether a late 2013 release date will still apply.
Other than the mention of Windows Phone 8 and "mobile platforms" we don't get much of a clue about the Android and Apple iOS releases that we were expecting.
Klab produces cross platform games, but Age of Empires is a Microsoft title and has been since the late 1990s. Since the game is more than a port, it would make some sense for the cross platform development. µ
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