Age of Empires Online is tackling the market a little big differently this time. While previous iterations were boxed copies, this release will be hopping on board the free-to-play bandwagon. In addition, the game has also adopted a much more stylized aesthetic, something Microsoft's Mike Stout believes will help the game in the long run.
"The new aesthetics allow the game to perform better over the long haul," said Stout, noting the more technical reasons first. "This includes faster load times and adds a new charm to the game."
He goes on to say that the new facelift breathes new life into the franchise: "And, while there is a technical rationale behind the decision, we also believe this art style provides a fresh face to an established franchise, a key criterion in "re-launching" the franchise."
See the trailer below and the full interview over at [a]list.