Age of Empires Online developers confirmed the news last year and today is finally the day to implement it. Yes, Age of Empires Online is shutting down today along with PC Marketplace.
While some Age of Empires fans might be sad, the news from August 2013 wasn’t really shocking since the game had seen quite a significant decline in population since its launch, a fact which was even acknowledged by the developers and the reason no new content was created since January 2013.
The online adaptation of Microsoft’s favorite RTS franchise was partially developed by Robot Entertainment and then completed by Gas Powered Games. The game was released in August 2011 as a free to play which could also be one of the reasons of its shutdown.
According to the developers, the content being created for the game was too expensive while the revenue generation, even from its micro transaction system was not enough to sustain the game.
While Age of Empires Online and Microsoft’s PC Marketplace is shutting down, the company announced recently that it will still keep Games for Windows Live up and running.
This means that users will not be able to purchase new games from the marketplace but can still continue to enjoy their previously purchased games with full developer support.