October 11, 2002

Myth Becomes Reality! Age of Mythology Goes Gold

It's a wrap! Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios today announced that Age of Mythology, the hottest title of the season, has gone gold and will ship to stores in North America on October 31 (New Zealand first week of November). Whether it's leading a Greek army supported by a handful of powerful Minotaurs, or relying on the fortified defenses of Egyptian Migdol Strongholds, Age of Mythology has a style of play for any gamer.

Using familiar elements of classical mythology, Age of Mythology casts players as one of nine unique civilizations from ancient Greek, Norse and Egyptian mythologies. Players can reinforce their armies with mythological creatures like Cyclopes and Medusas or call upon the mighty powers of gods such as Zeus to rain down lightning bolts on unsuspecting enemies. Age of Mythology also incorporates Ensemble Studios' trademark features from previous Age of Empires games, including a compelling economic model, a massive army and battle system, unequaled artificial intelligence, random maps, intuitive gameplay and extreme attention to detail.

Age of Mythology's 3-D engine delivers impressive graphics in a fully 3-D environment, including beautiful waves and water, lifelike rolling terrain, realistic sunlight, and lush forests. In-game cinematics create a seamless, story-based and character-driven campaign which features 35 scenarios. In addition, the game features incredible special effects, including waterspouts, infernos, snowstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes. Age of Mythology will be available for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). Age of Mythology is a branch of the popular Age of Empires franchise that has sold more than 10.5 million licensed units worldwide. More information about Age of Mythology is available at http://www.microsoft.com/games/ageofmythology/, or on the Ensemble Studios site at http://www.ensemblestudios.com/aom/.

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