Tencent Is Reportedly Working With Microsoft to Carry Age of Empires to Smartphones

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Tencent-owned Timi Studios Group has confirmed that it’s working with Microsoft’s Xbox Sport Studios on a brand new cellular sport.

The upcoming title is named ‘Return to Empire’ and it’s primarily based on the Age of Empires IP by Microsoft.

Microsoft is trying to broaden its attain past its suite of providers like Xbox Sport Go and xCloud, and needs to broaden its presence within the cellular gaming market.


Tencent-owned Timi Studios Group has confirmed that it’s working with Microsoft’s Xbox Sport Studios and subsidiary World’s Edge to convey a brand new cellular Age of Empires sport, in response to Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Companions. The upcoming title is being developed by TiMi Studios beneath the title, ‘Return to Empire’ and it’s set to launch in China. There isn’t any official phrase on if the sport will likely be releasing exterior China as of now. Along with increasing its attain with Xbox Sport Go, Microsoft additionally desires to leverage its mental properties (IPs) on cellular platforms.

Return to Empire could also be a China-only title

In accordance with Niko Companions Senior Analyst, Daniel ‘ZhugeEX’ Ahmed’s report, Xbox Sport Studios views the PC and cloud gaming market individually from cellular. He acknowledged Microsoft desires to broaden to cellular video games as a result of “premium Console video games can now be loved on any gadget, however that does not take away from the success of core F2P cellular video games.” Microsoft has been advertising and marketing its Xbox Sport Go subscription service aggressively since 2017 and it has amassed over 23 million subscribers.

Microsoft additionally launched xCloud, a sport streaming service that permits gamers to play console-quality video games on practically any gadget, together with smartphones. Nevertheless, it seems to be like Xbox Sport Studios can also be excited by capitalizing on cellular video games along with the streaming service with the upcoming Return to Empire title being derived from Age of Empires, an IP Microsoft has owned since 1997.

Tencent entered a partnership with Microsoft in Could 2021. On the time of the announcement, it was revealed that each firms would make the most of the “strategic partnership” to collectively create video games. It was anticipated by followers and analysts alike that Xbox would broaden its presence to cellular gadgets and that appears to be the case going by the announcement of Return to Empire.

TiMi Studios has labored on a number of PC and console titles, bringing them to life on cellular gadgets. Name of Obligation: Cell, Area of Valor, Honor of Kings, and Pokémon Unite are among the titles that the studio has labored on. The studio could probably work on different Microsoft-owned IPs and convey them to cellular.

There are video games like ‘Gears Pop!’ printed beneath Microsoft however they didn’t match the recognition of different video games like COD: Cell or Fortnite. The mobile-only Gears of Battle sport shut down in April 2021 after a failed launch. The partnership between Tencent and Microsoft has the potential to alter that and followers will likely be excited to see what’s in retailer from them on account of each firms working collectively.