After four years of waiting, the fourth installment of the Age of Empires series is upon us. Age of Empires IV, the latest game in the historical real-time strategy video game series, will take place in the Middle Ages.
The series has been a commercial success since it entered the market in the 1990s, and that's understandable: historical games are as educational as they are fun — players put their unique spin on iconic battles while learning about factual events and building a foundation of knowledge.
Historical Games In Other Genres
Yet this genre is not just subjected to video games; many other gaming categories have historical elements. A great example is the iGaming/casino industry. For instance, the Age of the Gods series available on the casino at Paddy Power has elements of Greek mythology.
The slot series, which has an extensive library of games, including table games, live dealer games, and slots, is a product of Playtech plc, a gambling software development company based in the Isle of Man. Playtech is one of the best casino suppliers in the business, and its Age of the Gods series is famously popular for its use of historical Greek figures and events.
One notable example is the Age of the Gods: Fate Sisters jackpot slot, one of the installments in the series available on Paddy Power.
This jackpot slot game incorporates memorable names in Greek mythology, which is something that's been done in other video games, including the Age of Empires series. For instance, in 2002, publishers released a spin-off called Age of Mythology, focusing on legends of the Greeks and Norse.
Similarly, there are video games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, where players either side with Athens or Sparta, and the God of War series. The Age of the Gods: Fate Sisters game lets players choose one of three bonus rounds when three scatters land on an active win line, labeled as Lachesis’s Temple, Atropos’s Temple, and Clotho’s Temple. For those who do not know, Clotho is one of the most influential figures in Greek mythology, as she is one of the Three Fates credited for creating the alphabet.
According to the online encyclopedia from Britannica, Clotho was in charge of spinning the thread of human fate. Lachesis and Atropos are the two remaining members of the Three Fates.
Historical video games based on the Middles Ages, the Roman Empire, or the Iron Age have long dominated the entertainment market. The upcoming release of Age of Empires IV is evidence of this. However, as the iGaming industry continues to grow (Mordor Intelligence reported the market will hit over $300 billion by 2026) and outpace its competitors, it would not be surprising to see more slot games of a similar nature come out.
After all, the nearly 30-year success of the Age of the Gods slot series by Playtech should demonstrate to casino operators that this niche can succeed in the iGaming industry.