Return to Empire is a China-only mobile game based on Microsoft’s Age of Empires.
It was developed by TiMi Studio, the Tencent-owned company behind Call of Duty: Mobile and Pokémon Unite.
Today, TiMi released the first gameplay from Return to Empire. Age of Empires appears, albeit on a smaller scale, with real-time strategic action.
While Microsoft is making its Xbox games available to play on mobile devices via the cloud, it’s no surprise to see the company also expanding its Xbox game brands into the mobile space with new dedicated titles and partnerships with Chinese game companies.
Mobile gaming is big business, with the likes of Pokémon Go, Candy Crush, PUBG, Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile and Roblox making hundreds of millions of pounds per month.
Sony has also indicated that it wants a piece of this lucrative pie. in May, PlayStation President Jim Ryan said:: “Mobile is just one of the areas we are exploring to reach millions of gamers outside of our platforms. PlayStation has a huge catalog of diverse first-party IP addresses that can migrate to smartphone games and complement AAA games or live service games. We are exploring the mobile market with Some great PlayStation franchises, so please stay tuned.”
As for Age of Empires, Microsoft is preparing the PC game age of empires 4 to be released later this year.