Looks like the demo for Age of Empires III is now available from the homepage (or here’s a direct link if you’re too lazy to navigate). I’m slightly intrigued by the lovely new graphics, but as always am fearful that the gameplay will be more of the same “race up the tech tree, pump out units, then fling them at each other”.
Time will tell.
Update: Oh wait, apparently AOEIII has a great new gameplay innovation called “physics”:
Age of Empires III is the first RTS game to use the Havok physics engine which means ragdoll physics for units when they fly in the air after a cannon comes into their range and tons of objects going up in the air when a weapons cache blows sky hgh.
I’m sure that will more than make up for the pointy-clicky-tech-tree-fest… 😐