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Age of Empires coming to smartphones this summer as World Domination

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The latest Age of Empires release is a free-to-play mobile strategy game called World Domination that is slated to hit iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices this summer.

Players can choose from more than 100 legendary heroes, allowing them to create distinct troop types from past civilizations. It features competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, as well as a battle system designed for smartphones. The system allows users to execute battle tactics using mobile-centric controls such as touch gestures.

Those interested can preregister to receive updates about the game via the official Age of Empires: World Domination website. You can see the game in action in the video above.

Microsoft launched another free-to-play title based on the Age of Empires franchise two years ago called Age of Empires Online. According to Microsoft Studios executive producer Kevin Perry, the RTS massively multiplayer online game was "an okay game but with a bad free-to-play business model," which was unsustainable due to the game's lack of content.