Fans of developer Smoking Gun Interactive's Age of Empires: Castle Siege won't have many more castles to siege as Microsoft announces the game's closure on all platforms.
The game made its debut in 2014 and was considered to be among the first castle builder game to bring Real Time Strategy gameplay mechanics to the genre. Smoking Gun says the innovative gameplay was well received and, subsequently, led to a strong community with Age of Empires: Castle Siege becoming a success for the game developer.
“For Smoking Gun Interactive, it has been an honor to work on Age of Empires: Castle Siege and we are truly sad to see that this is coming to an end. The team really enjoyed working on this title and had many exciting ideas on where to take it, but unfortunately that was just not possible,” said John Johnson, CEO of Smoking Gun Interactive. “We hold dear the wonderful years we’ve shared with our players and that experience will remain with us forever. You all made this game very successful and we thank you for that and are grateful for the opportunity from Microsoft to have worked on such a beloved franchise.”
Smoking Gun Interactive says they will continue to support the game and its community for Age of Empires: Castle Siege through to its shut down period. Microsoft says gamers can still download and play the game through May 13, 2019.
"While we're sad to close Age of Empires: Castle Siege, we're excited for what's to come for the Age franchise with the recent release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and upcoming titles such as Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, and Age of Empires IV," says Microsoft on the Castle Siege website.
Meanwhite, Smoking Gun Interactive says it has another strategy title in the works built with the latest incarnation of the Caliber engine used to create Age of Empires: Castle Siege and other titles. The company is currently working on securing its next new partnership to bring the game to market.