Ensemble Studios was officially disbanded in 2009. So sadly, I don't think we'll see another Ages game, unless Microsoft hands the IP to another developer.
With the demise of C&C at the hands of EA, that means two of my favourite RTS franchises are gone forever... it breaks the heart.
Agreed, enjoyed both of these franchises. I heard the final C and C game was not that good. Has anyone played it??
As to the original post: Try Rise of Nations. One of my favorite strategy games. Also if you like Star Wars at all, Galactic Battlegrounds is lots of fun. It is basically a reskinned AOE2, but it is one of the games that got me into computer gaming.