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Age Of Empires 4 was first announced back in 2017. We've had to endure an awful lot of silence since then, but it turns out patience is very much a virtue. Microsoft has finally pulled back the curtain on the long-awaited historical real-time strategy sequel, and it looks like everything we expected and wanted from the game.
You can check out the brand new gameplay reveal trailer for yourself below, which was unveiled during Microsoft's big X019 celebration. Interestingly, it seems that development on the title is being handled by Relic Entertainment in partnership with a newly-formed internal studio called World's Edge, who will be working on all things Age of Empires from here on out.
We didn't actually get a huge look at the game, which is a bit of of a shame after such a long wait... but it is worth noting that we did see looks absolutely gorgeous.
World's Edge Studio Head Shannon Loftis appeared during the Inside Xbox stream to reveal the trailer, as well as share a few juicy nuggets of info on the upcoming game. We got confirmation that Age Of Empires 4 would be set in the the Medieval era, and feature the Mongols and English as two of the game's many warring factions. Not a lot to go on, but it's been two years... I'll take what I can get.
Shannon also introduced a brand-new launch trailer to celebrate the release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which includes remastered 4K graphics and a new expansion, The Last Khans. The remaster also features various quality-of-life upgrades, and cross play support between Steam, so all in all it's an attractive package. Just like you.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is available right now on Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10, and Steam so... stop reading this and go and play that instead, I guess. It'll certainly make the long wait for Age Of Empires 4 a little more bearable.
It's a heady time for Age of Empires fans. In addition the newly-released remaster of Age of Empires 2 and the beautiful looking fourth entry, a remaster of the third game in the series is also currently in the works, but has yet to receive an official release date.
Both remasters are being worked on by an internal team at Microsoft dedicated to Age of Empires, with help from indie studio Forgotten Empires, who previously worked on a few AoE remasters - including 2014's Age of Mythology: Extended Edition.
Speaking of Age of Mythology, all I need now is for the fantastical spinoff to make a comeback and I'll be happy. Make it happen, Microsoft.
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