Fans of the Age of Empires series of video games will be very happy to hear that a new one, the fourth installment, is currently in the works. Fans might already know that during this year’s E3 PC Gaming Show, Microsoft the upcoming Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. This is a reworked version of the very first game in the series, complete with modern graphics and controls and many other additions. This is something for the nostalgic ones who want to play the original game once again but on today’s machines. However, it seems like Microsoft has another ace up its sleeve.
Age of Empires IV
Microsoft made this long-awaited announcement during Monday’s Gamescom. Moreover, they even launched a rather short teaser trailer, just to grow the excitement even more. Now, the older fans might be wondering what happened with Ensemble, the developer of those games. It no longer exists, so who will be developing this new game? Well, it seems like Relic will be taking over the development of the upcoming game. They are known for making successful games like Homeworld and Company of Heroes. Even if their latest work wasn’t received very well and it proved to be a bit of a mess (Dawn of War III), there is a very talented team there who could do a very good job with Age of Empires IV.
It’s also worth noting that the upcoming Definitive Edition is going to have a beta starting today, August 22. Those who want to take part can enter through the game’s official website. Its official release date is October 19. Moreover, the surprises don’t stop here. It seems like the original game is not the once receiving a remaster. According to Microsoft, the second and third games will also get the same treatment.
It may sound a bit strange to have a remaster done for Age of Empires II, which received a HD remake a few years ago. It probably doesn’t need anything else, but who knows what Microsoft has in mind. As for III, that one definitely needed a remaster. So, fans of the series will be able to play some updated versions of their favorite games sooner than they might think.
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