age of empires

It appears that Microsoft is really warming up to the idea of launching apps on Apple’s mobile platform. Last week, it released Office Mobile for the iPhone, and today comes word that the Redmond company is looking to bring a number of games to the handset as well.

Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Microsoft is planning to port several of its Xbox and Windows games to the iPhone this year. It’s apparently contracted Japanese gaming firm KLab Inc. to handle the heavy lifting, and its first title will be Age of Empires…

Here’s Reuters:

“Microsoft Corp will offer its console and computer games for Apple Inc’s iPhone and other smartphone platforms this fiscal year, through a tie-up with Japanese smartphone game maker Klab Inc, the Nikkei said on Monday.

Through a licensing deal, Klab will bring Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows-based computer games to the iPhone and smartphones using Google Inc’s Android operating system, according to the Nikkei.”

Microsoft’s popular ‘Age of Empires’ title, the report continues, will be its first mobile port. It will be offered as a free-to-play game, supported by a bevy of in-app purchases, and should be available on iOS and Android smartphones by the end of this year.

Of course, Microsoft has already released a handful of games for the iPhone including Kinectamals and Wordament. But when you start talking about popular PC and Xbox games, like Age of Empires, things get a lot more exciting. Here’s hoping they do them right.

What do you think about MS offering games for the iPhone?

  • n0ahcruz3

    Good move MS, now i wish someone would port PS 1 games like suikoden or monster rancher 2 that would be awesome lol

  • Timothy

    It’s not “Age of the Empires,” but “Age of Empires.” I should know, I’ve spent enough time playing it 😀

    • Kurt

      haha, when I read the title, I omitted the “the” without realizing it. Only when you mentioned it did I realize I did that.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    cool

  • Zorvage

    Age of Empires (2) was my youth.

  • Mallouk Malek

    Please don’t make It FREEMIUM plz 🙁

    • felixtaf

      YES… Am ok for premium, not freemium!

  • Gorgonphone

    Ios rules portable gaming by default …. Gameboy and vita are dead

  • Saif Fersi

    Yes yes yes we need age of empires 2 on ipad

  • Chris

    Freemium? Fine, another great game goes to Hell. Just sell it for 10 bucks please..

  • Chuck Finley

    Got excited. Then saw “bevy of IAP”.

    Die in a goddamned fire. IAP is ruining games on iOS.

  • XboxOne

    Take my money Microsoft! Instant Install! 😀

  • Ricky

    Great i love it

  • Jason Forker Ruoff

    now bring spartains assult damn it!

  • Eric565

    Hope they port Fable : The Lost Chapters

  • Diego Peña

    itll be cool if they bring AoE I and II + Expansions and Age of Mythology 🙂

  • Malan Raja

    GOD BLESS YOU MICROSOFT!!

  • ThatOneGuy

    I hope they include Age of Empires: Mythologies. I prefer turn based strategy games and it would be great for busy mobile gamers, like myself:)