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Microsoft targets iOS, Android with Age of Empires

Firm planning to bring further console and PC games to rival platforms, report claims

Microsoft has licensed its Age of Empires franchise for release on iOS and Android platforms, the company has confirmed.

In a statement sent to Polygon, the Xbox firm said that Japanese social company KLab will develop the title, but deflected a Nikkei report claiming that further "console and PC games" would eventually be released on the rival mobile platforms.


"Today, KLab Inc. announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop a mobile version of Microsoft Studio's Age of Empires franchise," a spokesperson said.

Microsoft's statement added that the AoE title "will be initially developed in English for iOS and Android and launched globally, with plans to release the game in other languages and on Windows Phone in the future.

"Some reports included incorrect information about additional Xbox Live-based games on iOS and Android but there are no further announcements beyond Age of Empires at this time."

Although Microsoft has traditionally targeted Windows Phone platforms for its mobile gaming content, most recently with portable exclusive Halo: Spartan Assault, it has previously release a handful of games on competing platforms.

Kinect franchise Kinectimals, along with the Halo Waypoint and SmartGlass apps are already available on iOS and Android.