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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!