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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Release Date: Feb. 20, 2018

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'Age of Empires: Definitive Edition' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 18, 2018 @ 11:03 a.m. PST

Fully remastered with 4k graphics, re-orchestrated soundtrack, major gameplay improvements, new narrative, Xbox Live multiplayer and achievements, the Definitive Edition brings back the classic game and its Rise of Rome expansion.

Known for its strategic gameplay founded on historical civilizations, the “Age of Empires” series has explored early human civilization all the way up to colonial America, and even includes a game exploring the legendary creatures and lore.

Players will experience “Age of Empires” at its best ever: the original base game along with the “Rise of Rome” expansion, all with enhanced gameplay and narration, 16 civilizations to explore and 10 campaigns to conquer.

When we set out to create the Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires, our goal was to deliver the best possible version of this classic, from a top notch audio-visual presentation to multiplayer to core game systems. Everything needed to be as good as you remembered it (or better!) to deliver a compelling RTS experience 20 years after its original release.

…and that took us a bit longer than we’d originally planned. But, it was important for the team to treat the Age of Empires franchise with the respect it deserves, so we took the time we needed to get features like attack-move and the improved minimap exactly right, and even added things like an in-game tech tree (how did we survive 1997 without that?) that we hope fans will love.

For this Definitive Edition, we’ve made improvements like:

  • Completely rebuilding assets for a modern 4K presentation
  • Letting you play online with Xbox LIVE (in addition to LAN play)
  • Re-recorded the original soundtrack with a new orchestral score
  • Adding campaign narration for every mission
  • Enhancing the campaign and scenario editor, which allows anyone to make original custom campaigns for the game, by letting players easily share them with other players around the world via AgeOfEmpires.com

The above and more outline the many quality of life gameplay improvements we’ve added – all while retaining the original feel and unique gameplay that made Age of Empires so special for so many.

To celebrate this announce, we’re also opening up the multiplayer beta to more players worldwide starting January 29 so everyone can get a taste of the game for free before it launches on February 20. You can find more information on the beta and sign up for it at AgeOfEmpires.com.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be available worldwide on February 20 for Windows 10 PCs at $19.99 USD.


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