Archived News From April 2007

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April Fools!
Posted by newIdea on April 5th, 2007 @ 1:08 a.m.

As most of you already realised, our last news post entitled "Microsoft goes Medieval – Age of Kings to be Supported by Games for Windows – LIVE" was indeed an April Fools joke. So don't get your hopes too high.

Very big thanks to Zen for making such a great looking article. Admit it... we all fell for it. =)

Have a Happy Easter!

Microsoft goes Medieval – Age of Kings to be Supported by Games for Windows – LIVE
Posted by Shadowflare on April 2nd, 2007 @ 4:55 a.m.
Some exciting news has just come to our attention here at AOKH. I'll post the full article, since it does it more justice than I can:


Games for Windows – LIVE to support RTS classic Age of Empires II: Age of Kings

REDMOND, Wash. – April 1, 2007 – Microsoft Corp. today announced the support for Age of Empires II: Age of Kings® on its Games for Windows – LIVE service, bringing its first-class online multiplayer matchmaking services to the classic hit Age of Empires II: Age of Kings®. Debuting on May 8, 2007, with the launch of Games for Windows – LIVE, the service will restore the ease of use previously only found in MSN Gaming Zone® and introduce the game to millions of players worldwide through its online store.

The announcement marks a new initiative by the company to support legacy games on the Games for Windows® platform. "We want to support the fan base of all our games," said Yvonne Legova, program manager of the Legacy Games for Windows® program. "The benefits of expanding Games for Windows – LIVE to legacy games is twofold: We’re providing a valuable service to the multiplayer community who have been without a first-class online matchmaking system since the end-of-support on MSN Zone®, and we’re introducing old classics to millions of players through the convenience of downloading the game via an online store."

Gamers will be able to purchase Age of Empires II: Age of Kings via the online store on May 8, 2007. A patch will be issued to current owners of the game after activating their CD-Keys online.

About Games for Windows

Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system in the world for games, delivering the widest range of titles, the most gaming hardware choices, and advanced gaming technology for players of all types. With Windows as the cornerstone, the Games for Windows platform offers publishers and gamers the most enjoyable and innovative gaming experiences available on a PC. More information can be found online at http://www.gamesforwindows.com.

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox and Xbox 360 video game systems, the Windows operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games , including such franchises as "Age of Empires®," "Flight Simulator" and "Zoo Tycoon®"; Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com , including such games as "Gears of War" and franchises such as "Halo," "Fable®," "Project Gotham Racing®" and "Forza Motorsport™"; and MSN Games (http://www.games.msn.com, the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "Hexic®".

About Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows – LIVE

These LIVE services for gaming provide the first and a fully comprehensive cross-platform gaming experience, uniting players on Xbox 360 and select Games for Windows titles. These LIVE services make it easy for members to find friends, games and entertainment regardless of their preferred platform. LIVE connects millions of members across 25 countries, allowing them to easily communicate with each other and to enjoy the convenience of a single gamer profile, Gamerscore and Friends List while playing hundreds of multiplayer games. When accessing Xbox Live from an Xbox 360, members can download a wide variety of content that includes games via Xbox LIVE Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos, TV shows, and movies as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live and http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/live/aboutLive.aspx.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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