Unannounced 'Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition' Rated by ESRB for Release

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 12:42 PM
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The wait for Age of Empires 4 news has become so painful I’ve had to try and erase it from my mind until Relic and Microsoft are ready to talk. According to a new ESRB rating and a tease from Microsoft though, a remaster of the most beloved Age of Empire game could help ease the wait.

America’s ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rated the unannounced Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition for release, suggesting yet another update is inbound for the classic real-time strategy series.

The official Age of Empires Twitter account also got in on the action all the way back in January. While tweeting comparison screenshots of the recent Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a fan said “Great remaster! When we gonna have Age2DE?”, to which the AOE Twitter account replied with a ‘Soon’ gif.

Age of Empires fans will be all too aware AoE2 has already been given the remaster treatment, courtesy of Age of Empires II HD. Whatever Microsoft’s cooking up here clearly needs to be step up and above that, potentially with the implementation of entirely new textures, models, and revamped gameplay. Messing with Age of Empires 2 is a tricky prospect though; it’s unlikely long-time fans will take kindly to just about changes to the classic formula.

As you’d expect, the ESRB rating for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition doesn’t give much away beyond the obvious. “This is a real-time strategy game in which players control empires from the Dark Age through the Imperial Age. From an overhead perspective, players complete campaigns, build structures, gather resources, and command/deploy military units (e.g., infantry, horsemen, war elephants) against nearby civilizations,” reads the report. “Players can zoom in on military units, while they use swords, bows, and cannons to eliminate enemy forces and structures; battles are accompanied by weapon clashes, cries of pain, and explosions. Some battlefields depict impaled soldiers on spikes, and a handful of cutscenes depict images of soldiers impaled by arrows. One still-image sequence shows a large bloodstain on the ground along with blood splatter on parchment. The word “bastard” is heard in the game.”

Microsoft is hosting its next Inside Xbox event later today, so keep your eyes peeled for a reveal. You may remember Microsoft was teasing Age of Empires-related news was teased for last month’s event, but this content was eventually pulled in order the limelight to grant Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC.

What could an AoE2:DE offer above and beyond the HD remaster that could tempt you into a purchase? Do you think we could see it revealed tonight, alongside some Age of Empires 4 news? Let us know below!

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18:53 Apr-17-2019

All one needs to hope is that it goes to steam, considering the biggest community gathers there. Not having Age of empires Definitive edition on steam, pretty sure hurt the sales badly. I mean who uses Windows Store for gaming. It's like they wanted the game to have 0 hype.

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12:54 Apr-17-2019

From what I saw with AOE DE, they definitely will make it far more HD than AOE2 HD is. However I feel they will hit a bit of a problem, because there already is AOE2 HD with extra DLC and Steam Workshop support, so it will be quite a bit harder to compete and get hype. Still, I suppose it can't do worse than AOE DE.

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01:45 Apr-17-2019

This is nice, but I have 0 excitement for AoE4 (if it ever even happens).


Relic dropped the ball so hard with Dawn of War 3 it's insane. Id hate to see them repeat that.

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08:36 Apr-17-2019

That news about AOEIV was probably just a hoax :'(

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17:17 Apr-16-2019

This reminds me........ Does anyone else remember the news about Microsoft confirming AOEIV to a fan? I mean seriously what happened about that?.......In case I'm going off-topic here; heck AOE2 was one of the best games of my childhood and yes I would love the definitive edition XD

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02:13 Apr-17-2019

This is news to me - so I am also in the dark here

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08:33 Apr-17-2019

I remember that happened like 3 or 4 years go and no further updates after that :(

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12:50 Apr-17-2019

It could have been confirmed a way too early in development process. Perhaps also AOE DE didn't rise enough hype so they are making AOE2 DE in hopes to rise some hype for the series. But I am pretty sure it was confirmed a way too early and game development takes years, even more if they decide to they aren't happy...

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12:52 Apr-17-2019

... with what they have. Many games had few iterations done before release that were dropped and they started all over. Not to mention potential engine tweaking required. Provided they aren't making new engine, which also can take very long time. So we might see AOE3 DE before AOE4.

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15:37 Apr-17-2019

So it's still possible? Damn I should know better then to just lose my spirit too quickly XD

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11:45 Apr-18-2019

Exactly, while it could be just one of those games which eventually just vanish, a common risk with too early announcements, it still officially isn't dead and considering they are doing AOE2 DE, it is possible. And if AOE4 ends up being good, it would help selling Xbox Game Pass, which MS definitely wants.

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11:46 Apr-18-2019

As I suspect, they are using those remasters to hook us up, to get some hype going, then they will make sequel to Halo and AOE as new games and perhaps offer some great deal on Game Pass to get everything in one bundle for subscription, beside regular purchases.

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14:21 Apr-18-2019

Wow.....There's you guys who can read the mental status of dev's and then there's guys like me who just PLAY!!! XD

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19:42 Apr-18-2019

I actually play games as well, but I find it interesting to see what developers do and how things work, or why some decision was made. Even for bad decisions when some people just accept "stupid publisher/developer" as answer. So I usually dig bit deeper to see bigger picture, whenever it is possible.

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16:04 Apr-16-2019

I am definitely gonna buy this...:)

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