August 22, 2011 3:37 PM Subscribe
Microsoft released Age of Empires Online
last week -- a free-to-play realtime strategy game, and it's getting some pretty good press
It's technically free to play, but premium content is available for a fee. The Ars Technica review seems to indicate that the cheap bastards aren't at a huge disadvantage to the people who pony up the dough.
"[T]he matching system, which developers have named Live Trueskill, takes into account whether players have access to premium content when matching for PvP (both 1v1 and 2v2, ranked and unranked). Having the best possible techs and gear may make the game more fun for some, and at a cost of $20 per premium civilization, it's not an outrageous cost. But it's never necessary."
Oh, and, Windows only, naturally.