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    Dawn of a New Age: Age of Empires III Announced for 2005 Release

    Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios are proud to announce the return of the king of real-time strategy games: Age of Empires III is scheduled to ship in the second half of 2005. This will be the latest landmark release in the award-winning franchise that has sold a staggering 16 million units worldwide.

    Age of Empires III will offer gamers the next level of realism, with advanced battle physics and unparalleled visual detail. The new game picks up where Age of Empires II: Age of Kings left off, placing gamers in the position of a European power determined to explore, colonize and conquer the New World. This time period features stunning scenes, from towering European cathedrals to courageous tribes of Native Americans, and spectacular combat with Industrial Age units like rifled infantry, cavalry and tall ships bristling with cannons.

    Age of Empires III will once again demonstrate Ensemble Studios' reputation for excellence and innovation in the real-time strategy (RTS) genre. The game will set a new standard for visual quality and amaze players with detail never before seen in an RTS. Age of Empires III will excite strategy gamers with new game-play elements, including the concept of a “Home City,“ new civilizations, units, technologies and an immersive new single-player campaign that will span three generations.

    Ensemble Studios is one of the world's premier entertainment software developers. Ensemble Studios is best known for its blockbuster Age of Empires game series. 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, Texas.

    Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox ® video game system, 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 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as Fable ® and franchises as Halo ® , Project Gotham Racing ® and MechAssault ® ; 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™.”
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    Last edited by {I}{K}{E}; 02-02-2005 at 08:40 PM.

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    Holy shit! That looks awesome..to bad my comp sucks dick Is it going to be like the first one with the different ages?

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    Amazing....those graphics look really nice and looks like a lot of fun...I used to go to a small private school, and everyday after school wed all go into the computer lab and have like 5vs5 games of AEII ...it was so much fun
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    Uh-oh...this ain't gonna be good for my sleep schedule...



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    holy shit finally, one of the best RTS games with a better graphics engine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by orcutt989
    i thought it was looking good

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    holy crap.. its.. mind blowing!

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    I am excited. I wonder how multiplayer will be. The graphics look great, but I hope it isnt like Rise of Nations.

    http://www.planetageofmythology.com/aoe3/

    One programmer has been devoted to nothing but water effects, just to ensure that the lapping oceans in the game look their very best. PC Gamer
    Ensemble built a brand-new graphics engine from the ground up that includes features like dynamic shadows and lighting; support for Pixel Shader 3.0; bloom effects that make lit objects seem to glow onscreen; and tone mapping to create near-photorealistic images. PC Gamer
    We have musketeers who fire in volley formation. We have tall ships that punch holes in each other's sails. We have cannon shots that can literally throw infantry off the ground, and perhaps off a cliff, and down into the water. When buildings are destroyed, we model the physics of the falling pieces. IGN
    Screenshot: Not a Painting
    Last edited by orcutt989; 03-16-2005 at 02:59 AM.

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    I was just going to say, I wanted this to get merged, or stickied.

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