In a bizarre turn, a new expansion for Age of Mythology has been released via the Steam store. Under any other circumstances, this would not be particularly noteworthy, but Age of Mythology released roughly 14 years ago. There has been no additional content — barring a bundled release of the original game and its expansion last year – in over a decade.
Out of the blue, Age of Mythology EX: Tale of the Dragon landed on the Steam store today, with little fanfare. It includes a range of new content, including a new civilization, new units, a new campaign and a selection of new maps. As far as RTS expansions go, it’s pretty much par for the course. However, it was immediately met with backlash from the community, with many claiming that the new units are simple reskins of older units, and that the new campaign is a rehash of the original Greek campaign, complete with recycled assets. Little effort has been made to balance new units, and there are numerous reports of compatibility issues.
Despite the many signs of a slapdash mod effort packaged as a full expansion, Age of Mythology EX: Tale of the Dragon is currently running for a full $10. It seems like a desperate ploy from the developers at Skybox, and one that is perhaps best avoided if you were a fan of the original title.