Return to Empire is a mobile adaptation of Age of Empires, released by Tencent and for now, the game is available only in China. The game debuted at number 1 on the iOS game download charts. From the Chinese translation, The AoE mobile version has been officially titled Return to Empire.
The game is based upon the hit game series Age of Empires, which was first released in 1997. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios, the game has been published by Xbox Game Studios. This Chinese version (mobile game) was first teased along with the first official trailer back in August 2021.
This marks the first collaboration between Xbox and China’s TiMi Studio Group, a subsidiary of Tencent Games that previously developed award-winning mobile games Honor of Kings, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Pokémon Unite. Honor of Kings was the top-grossing, free-of-charge game worldwide in 2020, making over 2.45 billion USD in revenue.
Return to Empire based on real-time strategy elements in Age of Empires
The original series focuses on historical events throughout time. Age of Empires covers the events between the Stone Age and the Classical period, in Europe and Asia. Return to Empire stays true to the original series and builds upon its real-time strategy elements.
As with all of TiMi’s games, the game will have high-end graphics which will provide an immersive experience to the players. The developers have given special attention to the UI and controls of the game by keeping in mind the experience of mobile gamers.
No update on the global release by Tencent yet
Age of Empires has been one of the hottest IPs in the whole gaming industry since its release. Now with China having its mobile version with the release of Return to Empire, mobile gamers around the world are eagerly waiting for the game’s global release.
Tencent is the second-largest game company with a huge global market. It is expected that they will soon be releasing Return to Empire in other regions of the world. When it is going to happen, we will have to wait for Tencent to give an official update.
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