Age Of Empires Online is one of the very few Microsoft owned games that’s still a PC exclusive: the game was designed with a free to play mentality, giving players the basic game for free and allowing the purchase of more content, released after the game was released back in 2010. The game was originally developed by Robot Entertainment before GPG took over in 2011: the GPG team was made up by the team that originally developed the series.
Today, Microsoft has announced that the game will no longer be developed: some more content will be released in the next week, but nothing really major. After this content is out, there won’t be anything new for Age Of Empires Online.
Kevin Perry, the game’s executive producer, stated that, while no new content will be released, the game will continue working as usual even though fixes for bugs and balance issues may become slower than usual: some minor things will probably never get fixed as the team will move onto other projects.
There is a reason why development stopped, even though the executive producer wanted to add some more civilizations, like the Roman one: costs. Producing high quality contents requires a lot of resources and money, something that’s considered no longer affordable.