Gamescom 2017 - Age of Empires 4 Announced Along With Definitive Editions of AoE 2 and 3

Written by Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 9:31 AM
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We have all been awaiting the return of the king of all strategy games, and finally, Microsoft has pulled the curtains off Age of Empires 4. It's the 20th anniversary of the original Age of Empires, which made its debut in 1997, so a perfect occasion to announce the next iteration in the series. Published by Microsoft, Age of Empires IV is under development at Relic Entertainment, they of Company of Heroes and Dawn of War fame.

The announcement trailer highlights several civilizations from the past to the future and if I am not wrong, I can recognize Aztecs to Roman Legions and then we have Mohawks as well as a company of British Musketeers in the trailer

We are talking about a simple announcement trailer with no highlights on the gameplay, yet it has sent goosebumps through the entire gaming community.

I don't know about you but I am pretty excited about Age of Empires 4. The game is being developed by Relic Entertainment. They are the developers of famous titles such as Company of Heroes, Warhammer 40,000 and Homeworld. It's a pity that Microsoft hasn't announced a release period for it, and judging from Relic's fairly slow release schedule we wouldn't expect to see Age of Empires 4 any sooner than 2019.

Alongside that, Microsoft has also announced remastered versions of Age of Empires 2 and 3 as well as the release date for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition -19th October 2017. Major changes in this upcoming title are given below:

  • Attack Move
  • 250-300 population cap
  • Rally Points Basic
  • Rally Points Contextual (Intelligent Villagers)
  • Grid default key layout
  • Select Idle Military
  • Select Idle Villagers
  • Unit queueing
  • Right-click mouse scroll

What are your thoughts on the announcement trailer for Age of Empires 4? When do you think it will be released? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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09:12 Aug-23-2017

Mild violence, right. XD

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07:33 Aug-23-2017

These games need to make their way to GoG, Steam, Uplay, Origin, ect... as well. This game does not need to be a Windows 10 and or Windows Store Exclusive. Maybe a timed exclusive for Windows Store, but not a permanent exclusivity.?

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09:13 Aug-23-2017

From your keyboard to gods subwoofer.

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21:56 Aug-22-2017

There is already a remastered version of AoE2. I bought it on Steam when it released not so long ago. Like a year or two ago. They also remastered Age of Mythology as well and I picked that one up too. Both have even gotten new expansion packs and full Steam Workshop support for mods. I seriously doubt that Microsoft's re-remaster is going to be any better, or offer as many extras like full mod support via Steam.

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21:57 Aug-22-2017

Still cool to see some love for the original game and an all new game as well though.

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09:14 Aug-23-2017

Thx 4 the info.

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10:07 Aug-23-2017

No problem. The remastered AoE2 is called Age of Empires II: HD, and the AoM remaster is called Age of Mythology Extended Edition. Both come with all original expansions included, and both have gotten all new expansions as well. Both have dedicated servers for multiplayer, and both have full Steam Workshop mod support. Age of Mythology is still my favorite of the series.

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22:40 Aug-25-2017

I love the old strategy games. Might try one of them when I have some free time. Thank you for all the information. :)

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20:11 Aug-22-2017

I was hyped until I saw Relic. Dawn of War was beyond awful, and basically killed the franchise. The game itself is dead. Company of Heroes was a huge downgrade from 1 too. I don't see hiw this will be better.


Also Windows Store exclusive ewwww

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18:01 Aug-22-2017

DAMMMNNN!!!!!
FFFIIINNNAAALLLLLYYYYYYYYY !!!!!
HYPPEEEEDD !

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09:15 Aug-23-2017

Chill mate, it's still a 2 year wait.

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10:47 Aug-23-2017

atleast we got an announcement trailer :')
that is enough to hype me.
AoE 1 was i think the first game i ever played.
got a demo of it in win 98 disk.
DAMN !! CANT WAIT !!!

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22:43 Aug-25-2017

I think the first game I played on pc was some old car rally game. It was in 3D, but 4 the life of me I don't remember the name. I do remember playing Heroes of Might and Magic 2 on pc. Still love the old ones. :)

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15:32 Aug-22-2017

They will "wololo" Windows 7, MacOS and Linux users into Windows 10 users.

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04:47 Aug-23-2017

Not this Windows 7 user. No GoG or no Steam means a no go for me.

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05:34 Aug-23-2017

Same for me, i have researched heresy upgrade :D

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07:20 Aug-23-2017

I am glad that I didn't upgrade to Windows 10 because who knows when support for my hardware will get cut from future Windows 10 updates. I feel like all of us holdouts with aging hardware really dodged a bullet. Will I ever get Windows 10? Yes... but it will be on a totally new system with modern hardware designed for Windows 10 use. My current rig will probably be a retro Windows 7 machine forever.

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09:16 Aug-23-2017

Amen to that Stardude. :)

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15:08 Aug-22-2017

Started playing in 1998, still playing to this day. Long live the king. It is good to be the king

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09:17 Aug-23-2017

I don't know, I prefer being a Balkan count.

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14:41 Aug-22-2017

clears throat
Roses are red
WOLOLO!
Roses are blue

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11:12 Aug-22-2017

as long as WOLOLO is maintained am goooood!!

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10:58 Aug-22-2017

Hopefully this get me addicted like the second game. I never got into the third age of empires, did not really kick it for me but i am no multiplayer anyway.

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15:02 Aug-22-2017

I don't recall a lot, but I remember Age of Empires 3 deviated from the story telling of Age of Empires 2, so much so that it isn't as notable as the story of Age of Empires 2.

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16:02 Aug-22-2017

If I'm not wrong the story of Age of Empires was divided into three parts and all of them revolved around the Fountain of Youth. Fun but like you said, can't be compared to the second game.

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10:44 Aug-22-2017

Aslong as they come to steam im happy :)

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10:34 Aug-22-2017

Microsoft Studios... Probably a Windows store exclusive. RIP

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15:45 Aug-22-2017

I'm gonna be so disappointed if this is true... i might even go into full power super saiyan rage form !!!

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22:45 Aug-25-2017

Happy to meet a fellow Dragon Ball fan. :)

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13:07 Aug-26-2017

Dito. :)

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10:27 Aug-22-2017

woa woa woa, hte hype is real O_O

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16:38 Aug-22-2017

Would you like me to kill your hype?


Windows Twitter linky

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16:55 Aug-22-2017

Andddd it's dead.

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13:14 Aug-23-2017

there's still chance AoE:IV will be released after Windows 10 death, so...hype is still alive xD

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10:00 Aug-22-2017

Finally they are doing it :DDD

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09:53 Aug-22-2017

"wolololo"

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Lel, glad to have looked this meme up :D

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