Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Reviving the classic
Far from being the most important Microsoft launch at E3, the Redmond giant has revealed the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at the Las Vegas conference.
After postponing the game last fall, Microsoft finally announced the final release date for the game, thus the updated edition of the famous strategy game will see the light of day starting February 20, 2018.
It is very likely that one or more games from the Age of Empires series have marked your childhood. As some have had their first interaction with a real-time strategy game like Starcraft, Warcraft or Red Alert, a new generation of gamers enjoyed playing Age of Empires. That title announced Microsoft’s entry into RTS and has done a very good job of generating an impressive number of fans. The same fans were at the heart of the American company’s efforts to re-launch a classic title for a new generation of hardware. Entitled Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the game keeps the same atmosphere of the original one, but tries to take full advantage of the new hardware configurations and Ultra HD screens.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will have completely restored graphics, designed for 4K resolution, the ability to play multiplayer online via Xbox Live (multiplayer support will also be provided through LAN), a fully rewritten orchestral soundtrack, story elements added to each campaign mission to boost the dynamism of the game, and an advanced scenario editor that will allow players to create their own game campaign and you can publish them on the game’s original website in order for other players to check them out.
Adam Isgreen, Microsoft’s Creative Director, said the launch date delay was due to the development team’s desire to get all the details, but also to add some improvements on life quality and new features while maintaining the unique feeling the gameplay that made Age of Empires a classic among strategy games. The trailer is made in such a way that it doesn’t reveal any gameplay element, but it helps us understand which nations we will interact with and in what periods of history the action will be placed.
There is, of course, also a small impediment that Microsoft might have some issues with. The game will initially be available only through Windows Store, but hopefully, someday we will have it via Steam as well.
Whoever dreams to relive Age of Empires in 4K will be able to do so soon. Designed to celebrate 20 years since the release of the game, the version was not launched in October 2017, as it was originally announced. Fortunately, we now have a new launch date and we are a month away from it. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will appear on the market on February 20 for PC via Windows Store and it will cost approximately $20. The campaign will also offer a multiplayer beta session open for up to 100,000 players who can sign up with an Xbox Live ID, starting January 29th.
Adam Isgreen: I’m just really excited about the game. It’s easy sometimes to say, “Hey, it’s just a Definitive Edition.” But this is the definitive edition. We have gone back and touched everything that we can without breaking the heart of Age of Empires. We’re maintaining that to make this game amazing for players from yesterday and today.