According to a new report by Reuters, Microsoft could be planning to bring a number of its console titles designed for the Xbox platform to Apple’s mobile iOS platform.
Citing that the Redmond, WA company has partnered with Japanese gaming firm KLab Inc, the publication notes that the popular ‘Age Of Empires’ franchise could be the first title to see its debut on iOS, with the touch-based version of the game expected to make its App Store debut as early as before the end of this year.
Age of Empires is a series of computer games developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. The first title of the series was Age of Empires, released in 1997. Since then, seven titles and three spin-offs have been released. The titles are historical real-time strategy games, and their gameplay revolves around two main game modes: Single player and campaign. They competed with another popular strategy series, Civilization, and are set amidst historical events. Age of Empires focused on events in Europe, Africa and Asia, spanning from the Stone Age to the Iron Age; the expansion game explored the formation and expansion of the Roman Empire.
The sequel, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, was set in the Middle Ages, while its expansion focused partially on the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The subsequent three games of Age of Empires III explored the early modern period, when Europe was colonizing the Americas and several Asian nations were on the decline. The newest installment, Age of Empires Online, takes a different approach as a free-to-play online game utilizing Games for Windows Live. A spin-off game, Age of Mythology, was set in the same period as the original Age of Empires, but focused on mythological elements of Greek, Egyptian, and Norse mythology.
“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,” Reuters reported on Monday.
Through the new licensing deal, Klab will reportedly bring both Microsoft’s Xbox, (and Windows-based computer games), to the iPhone – alongside a number of Android OS devices, later this year.