Age of Empires Online officially shut down

Age of Empires Online has been officially taken offline.

The MMO real-time strategy game, which was a collaboration between Robot Entertainment (formerly Ensemble) and Gas Powered Games, was taken offline today at 4 PM Pacific Time. The announcement comes via their company blog, and ends a run which began with the game’s launch in August 2011. The final statistics stand at over 500 million Single Player Quests, nearly 14 million Multiplayer Quests, 2 million Arena Matches, and over 2 billion Empire Points accrued. The last moments of the game were streamed over Twitch. The company also released a statement expressing their appreciation for the fans and all the people who worked on the game:

“None of this would have been possible, of course, without our friends and partners at Robot Entertainment and Gas Powered Games. They were the architects of the ancient world where we fought and played together. We were ambitious and risky with AOEO in a number of respects; some of these experiments worked, and some did not. As the saying goes, I do think that we ended up among the stars, most of the time.

The most thanks, though, belong to you, the players of the game. It has been a pleasure and an honor serving you all. Thank you for the time you have spent with us, exploring all these little worlds together and conquering them for the glory of your Alliance and your Empire. Thank you especially for the times you spent with each other, in PVP matches, in co-op quests, and in the forums and the rest of the internet. Thank you for playing.”

The game being shut down is not entirely unexpected, as rumors of its demise have been floating around for months. While this is a sad ending to a great game, the two talented studios can now look to the future, and we look forward to the next great adventure they can take us on next.