Microsoft may offer its Xbox and PC titles to Android and iOS users starting the end of the year, according to a Reuters report. To make this move possible, the Nikkei says that Microsoft has teamed up with Klab, a Japan-based smartphone game company.
To start off, Microsoft is supposedly developing an Android and iOS of the game Age of Empires. The version will be in English, and will arrive as a free-to-play title on the Play Store and the App Store. Eventually, the Redmond company will release more titles. Unfortunately, there is no information yet on what these titles will be.
Curiously, Microsoft skips its own Windows Phone platform in the initial release of these formerly Xbox- and PC-exclusive titles. However, the company clarified that Windows Phone will be supported in the future. The games will be released in more languages, as well.
A 1997 release, Age of Empires is one of the company’s more successful franchises, giving rise to three spin-offs and seven additional titles. Since its release, it had been made available for the Nintendo DS and the Mac OS. However, it has not been made available yet on mobile devices. Two years after the release of the original game, Microsoft also came out with a sequel called Age of Empires II. This game received a refresh on Steam just this year with high definition graphics and an enhanced multiplayer mode.
To date, Microsoft is already earning a considerable amount of revenue from Android and iOS users through licensing deals, as well as apps. It has already given iPhone users access to a limited version of its Office productivity suite, which Android users will purportedly be able to enjoy soon, as well. If the information in the report is accurate, these upcoming games will help Microsoft secure a better grip on the smartphone gaming market.