Age of Empires Online, which is a lot more enjoyable than it sounds on paper, will be out in August. Here's a damn fine trailer to go with that announcement.

I never thought I could be sold on a war game with a trailer showing nobody being killed, and yet here we are.

AoE Online differs from previous games in the series in that rather than being linear campaign-based games, you own a persistent city-state from where you can upgrade and equip your troops and select quests.

It's out on those quests where you engage in traditional AoE fare, mining trees and killing men in armoured skirts, etc.

The game will be out on August 16, available both online (where it's free to play) and at retail, where your money gets you upgrades online purchasers would have had to pay for.