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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' Closed Multiplayer Beta Starts Today

by Rainier on Jan. 29, 2018 @ 1:04 p.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.

The Age of Empires Multiplayer Closed Beta runs from today (Jan. 29) to 12:00 a.m. PST on Feb. 5 (12 p.m. GMT on Jan. 29 to 8 a.m. GMT on Feb. 5), which gives Beta participants one week to experience a small slice of the adventure awaiting players in the full version on Feb. 20

The Multiplayer Beta will be accessible to a select players who signed up by 9 a.m. PST on Jan. 25, as well as through specific media requests to the PR team. To find out how to download the Closed Beta client, visit our website.

The Closed Beta is not be covered by an NDA, so participants can stream, create videos, share clips, take screenshots or “wololo” as much as possible.

Definitive Edition improvements:

  • 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

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

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