Microsoft said today that Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is good to go and will hit store shelves Oct. 23. The second expansion for AoE III is all about the Asia and adds a bevy of new content. Big Huge Games (Rise of Nations and Legends) handled this expansion of the historical RTS while Ensemble studios, the original developers of AoE III, continue work on that other Halo game: Halo Wars. Age of Empires III will retail for $30.
In addition to the introduction of playable Asian civilizations, the expansion pack will provide new content and several new gameplay elements that include new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic "Age of Empires" game styles, and 15 new Asian "Wonders." The introduction of these features will coincide with the basic core gameplay of "Age of Empires III" that gamers have come to know and love. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will also ship as a Games for Windows title with easier installation, improved reliability and support for key Windows Vista features, including the Games Explorer and Parental Controls.