Age of Empires Online vs. Farmville: Gaming is changing

By Peter Chubb - Aug 17, 2010

One of the most popular game franchises from Microsoft was Age of Empires, so is nice to see that they are to revive it. However, this time it will be an online game and will be free to play – although you will have to pay for virtual content.

Microsoft knows that gaming is changing; you only have to look at the success of Farmville to understand that. Age of Empires Online will be available to play via Windows Live. The city will keep growing even if you are not online, so make certain to check back before things get out of hand.

According to Dean Takahashi from VentureBeat, the upcoming online version of the popular strategy game will offer trading, cooperative multiplayer quests and a system that allows you to progress at your desired pace.

The idea of the game is for you to start a village in ancient Greece and then you aim to grow into a huge empire, sounds better than tending a farm.

Will Age of Empires Online compete with Farmville?

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  • ReCoN

    I think the graphics will prevent a few people from wanting to play the game, ive spoken with some of the AoE III pro's from online and they just dont like the graphics, I however I don't feel the graphics are important at all, making game requitements less is always a good thing up to a point. It will still be another game where strategy is key and there are plenty of things to do so long as they havent concentrated all their energy into the capital city ? :s The co-op quests and things seem ok to give you something to do but the main games for 1v1 and team are what I would be looking for. Rank systems to show who is the best are what make games so it had better have this also. (just my opinion and that of some of the community) k thx (:

  • Jordan

    I've been playing age of empires since the start. And still play age of empires 3. Its sad to see it become a game like this. Age of empires is undoubtly the best rts out there but so underappriciated. I really hope this game isnt terrible…

  • Ninja

    I don’t think the two are competing for the same market. AoE isn’t a simple flash plugin for Facebook, it’s a full-out computer game with heavy strategy and focus requirements; if you play AoE and tab out to reply to a message, your village will be in ruins due to your absence.

    From a market perspective, the two don’t line up again with demographics. “Hey, click this thing” is all it takes to get started and keep going on Farmville. “Hey, assign your villagers to gather resources. Also create more at your Town Center. Use your Scout to search the area. Don’t forget to build houses. Advance to the next age when you can. Build up an army to defend your town and attack the enemy” is what it takes to get someone started on the most basic level of AoE.

    They’re not comparable.

  • RJR

    I don't play Farmville, but I will definitely be playing this game. Leave it to Microsoft to get me finally sucked into the RPG World.