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This Is The End: Age of Empires: Castle Siege to Turn Servers Off in May 2019

Bad news for Age of Empires: Castle Siege fans! Microsoft Studios branch Smoking Gun Interactive, that is responsible for this title proclaimed the date of Castle Siege to shut down. It will happen on May 13, 2019. 

What’s Next?

Developers say that it’s quite sad for them to close such a big project. However, they have to share information, that player will no longer be able to download Age of Empires: Castle Siege on any of your devices. This game has no offline mode, and matchmaking servers will be turned off, so there’s no use to keep the application after May 13. Not to finish on a sad note, Smoking Gun Interactive add, that they continue working hard on new better chapters of Age of Empires series. The earliest one to be released is Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. The following chapters would go like this: Age of Empires Definitive Edition 2, 3 and 4. Castle Siege also has massive forums on Microsoft servers. They have been archived already on December 13, 2018.

Refunds

Even though 4 months left until the last call, developers have already banned any in-game money transactions, so you can’t buy gold bars to use them for building anymore. However, trade routes will continue working until May 13, so it’s still possible to mine free gold. Of course, Microsoft understands how many loyal fans they gather in 5 years. That’s why they decided to send refunds to all players, who donated Age of Empires for in-game gold. Refunds would be equal to amounts of money spent by each player individually since May 8, 2018.

In Memory of Castle Siege

To sum up, let’s remember some remarkable moments. AoE: Castle Siege was released in 2014 for Windows 10 and Windows Mobile. It has shown to be successful, so developers made versions for iOS and Android too, where it was warmly welcomed. However, after a 5 years run it became morally outdated, so Microsoft decided to concentrate on new progressive chapters.

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