On May 22, 2019 Project Celeste announced that the Romans, a civilization started by the original dev team (but never finished) will be coming to AOEO.
The Romans were partially created by the original AOEO team, with remnants of their early design code left in the current game. However, the civilization was far from completion and not in any state to be released when the game shut down it's servers in July 1, 2014
With weekly updates detailing the development process, the faction revival is being headed by Project Celeste team members PF2K and Andy P XIII. The exact date the civilization will be playable is still To Be Announced, but it tentatively expected some time in 2019.
This is one of the many new additions that the Project Celeste team has brought to the game initially launched way back in 2012.