Microsoft are planning on releasing their Xbox and Windows games on both iOS and Android, according to Reuters.
Japenese smartphone game developers Klab Inc. are lined up to release the games via a licensing deal which will see Age of Empires released before the end of the fical year as a free-to-play game. Polygon has quoted Microsoft as saying, “Today, KLab Inc. announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop a mobile version of Microsoft Studio’s Age of Empires franchise.”
Rumours suggest that Halo 2 will be amongst the games that are yet to be announced, though Microsoft have confirmed that the only game to be announced so far is AoE, “Some reports included incorrect information about additional Xbox Live-based games on iOS and Android but there are no further announcements beyond Age of Empires at this time.”
With the Xbox One due to released before the end of year, it seems that Microsoft are investigating ways in which they can release their gaming back-catalogue, much in the same way as Sony are thought to be planning after their acquisition of cloud streaming game service Gakkai last year.