Extension of "Age of Empires" Franchise Brings Legends
to Life in Revolutionary New Game
REDMOND, Wash. - May 3, 2001 - Microsoft Corp. and Ensemble Studios
announced today the development of its latest PC game, titled "Age of Mythology."
"Age of Mythology," a real-time strategy game, is set in a mythological
past when heroes battled monsters of legend and gods intervened in the affairs
of mortal men. "Age of Mythology," a branch of the "Age of EmpiresÒ"
franchise that has sold over 8.5 million licensed units worldwide, features
a new proprietary 3-D engine enabling stunning visual effects, animated water,
mythological characters and hundreds of on-screen units.
Using familiar elements of classical mythology, "Age of Mythology"
casts players as ancient Greeks, the Norse and Egyptians. "Our game puts
players in those ancient civilizations where praying for luck in battle, fighting
Cyclopes or petitioning Zeus to call down lightning bolts on the enemy are real
occurrences," said Bruce Shelley, co-founder and senior game designer for
"Age of Mythology" incorporates Ensemble Studios' trademark features
from previous "Age of Empires" games, including a compelling economic
model, a massive army and battle system, unequaled computer artificial intelligence,
random maps, intuitive gameplay and extreme attention to detail.
"'Age of Mythology's" 3-D engine delivers an experience beyond anything
we've been able to create previously," Shelley said. The new engine allows
for impressive graphical detail in a fully 3-D environment, including realistic
terrain and lighting adjusted to produce the look of any time of day. In-game
cinematics create a seamless, story-based and character-driven campaign. In
addition, the game features incredible special effects, including fluid ocean
waves, waterspouts, infernos, lava, tornadoes, earthquakes and smoke with astonishing
levels of detail.
"Age of Mythology" will be shown for the first time in Microsoft's
booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on May 17-19, 2001.
About Ensemble Studios
Ensemble Studios (http://www.ensemblestudios.com/)
is one of the world's premier entertainment software developers. Ensemble Studios
is best known for its blockbuster "Age of Empires" game series which
has sold over 8.5 million licensed copies worldwide. The "Age of Empires"
franchise has received wide recognition for excellence, including multiple Best
Game of the Year awards. Ensemble's titles are distinguished by the highest-quality
art and gameplay dynamics applied in familiar historical settings and appeal
to hard-core gamers and mass audiences. Ensemble Studios is based in Dallas,
About Microsoft Games and Microsoft
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