Remember when Zynga was the big mobile force? Yeah, it has been a while. They brought in former Xbox head Don Mattrick to try and turn things around. That didn’t even last two years.

Today, Zynga is trying to recapture its former glory with a new game – Empires & Allies. Ok, so the name isn’t original. What about the game? Watch the trailer below.

Mark Skaggs, senior VP of games at Zynga says, “Empire & Allies delivers all the fun, action and excitement from traditional RTS games to players on their mobile and tablet device.”

Here are some additional details from Zynga’s press release.

Design Your Perfect Army, Build Your Perfect Base: Build your army of troops, battle-hardened tanks, helicopters, warplanes and more, tapping into today’s modern military arsenal combined with the military technology of tomorrow. Specially craft your base defense to guard against onslaughts from other players and acquire resources to save or conquer the globe.

Unleash the Weapons of Modern War: Lead your army into battle and unleash the weapons of modern war from tactical nukes, hellfire missiles and orbital strikes. Each weapon packs over-the-top, Hollywood-style explosions, excitement and fun.

Empires and Allies gameplay

Enjoy New Levels of Strategy and Control: No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, and Empires & Allies gives you more control over how each battle plays out and how you respond. Use flares to direct your units during battle and amass Command Points to deploy devastating weapons of war. Highly variable combat scenarios in player-versus-player and player-versus-environment modes offer increasing levels of challenge that emulate the unpredictability of warfare.

Join Forces with Your Friends and Form Alliances: Empires & Allies gives even more meaning to a player’s alliance with shared resources and speed boosts. Players can connect with friends in-game and private chat for even the most covert operation mission plans. New to the action strategy category is a feature called Strike Force, where players can assign allies to base structures for powerful boosts.

The big question that always surrounds free-to-play games with microtransactions is – is it pay-to-win? Skaggs touched on this in an interview with Gamespot. He said the key “is to maintain the balance needed to make a competitive mobile game fun – which is to avoid pay-to-win scenarios.”

Check out the full Gamespot interview to hear Skaggs’ thoughts on how Empires & Allies differs from other RTS mobile games and more.

Have you tried Empires & Allies yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.


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