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

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

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

Microsoft is seeking to increase its attain past its suite of companies like Xbox Recreation Move and xCloud, and desires to increase its presence within the cellular gaming market.


Tencent-owned Timi Studios Group has confirmed that it’s working with Microsoft’s Xbox Recreation Studios and subsidiary World’s Edge to carry a brand new cellular Age of Empires recreation, in accordance with Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Companions. The upcoming title is being developed by TiMi Studios below the title, ‘Return to Empire’ and it’s set to launch in China. There is no such thing as a official phrase on if the sport shall be releasing outdoors China as of now. Along with increasing its attain with Xbox Recreation Move, Microsoft additionally needs to leverage its mental properties (IPs) on cellular platforms.

Return to Empire could also be a China-only title

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

Microsoft additionally launched xCloud, a recreation streaming service that permits gamers to play console-quality video games on almost any system, together with smartphones. Nonetheless, it appears like Xbox Recreation Studios can be interested 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 Might 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 increase its presence to cellular units 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 units. Name of Responsibility: Cellular, Enviornment of Valor, Honor of Kings, and Pokémon Unite are a few of the titles that the studio has labored on. The studio could probably work on different Microsoft-owned IPs and produce them to cellular.

There are video games like ‘Gears Pop!’ printed below Microsoft however they didn’t match the recognition of different video games like COD: Cellular or Fortnite. The mobile-only Gears of Struggle recreation shut down in April 2021 after a failed launch. The partnership between Tencent and Microsoft has the potential to vary that and followers shall be excited to see what’s in retailer from them because of each firms working collectively.