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Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Tantalus
Release Date: Oct. 15, 2020

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'Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition' Announced, Dated - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 27, 2020 @ 5:13 p.m. PDT

Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition completes the celebration of the real-time strategy franchise with remastered graphics and music, all previously released expansions and brand-new content to enjoy for the very first time.

Command mighty civilizations from across Europe and the Americas or jump to the battlefields of Asia in stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics and with a fully remastered soundtrack.

Now featuring two new game modes: Historical Battles and The Art of War Challenge Missions, including all previously released expansions and all 14 civilizations, plus two brand new civilizations – the Swedes and Inca.

Head online to challenge other players with updated online multiplayer with cross network play and enjoy modern gaming features including spectator modes and mod support.

Complete your collection with this final chapter in the Age of Empires Definitive Edition journey.

It’s been years since we kicked off the idea of bringing back the Age of Empires series in definitive form, and through each game we’ve listened to our fans, learned, and refined our process to make the best possible true Age experience of each game that we can. In just a few months, long-time Age fans will be able to complete their collection, and those yet to try Age III will be able to experience this groundbreaking game in the best version possible, continuing our mission of setting the standard of what it means to create “definitive” editions of classic games.

For Age III: DE, players can expect 4K graphics, rebuilt 3D assets, modernized UI, cross-play multiplayer, and fully enhanced soundtrack and audio. Beyond all previously released content, Age III: DE features two new game modes and two new civilizations exclusive to the definitive edition.

For game modes, we’ve added a series of Historical Battles set within the time period the game covers, as well as fan favorite Art of War challenges, added after the overwhelmingly positive community feedback from their initial appearance in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! These challenges are specifically tailored to not only teach you the ins and outs of real-time strategy games, but the unique nuances of Age III’s gameplay and meta that’s evolved over years of play.

When it comes to civilizations, Age III and its expansions featured 14 civilizations from across Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and we’re adding two new ones to the mix in the DE: The Swedes and The Incas. The Swedes are a brand new addition to the franchise and cover one of history’s most unlikely great powers. A small European nation which eclipsed all military convention and became a powerhouse on the European battlefields thanks to their innovative military tactics. While The Incas are a more traditional Age of Empires civilization, covering one of the largest empires in South America, where they constructed mighty stone cities, citadels and palaces. Whether you’re more of a city builder or aiming for military domination, we think all players will have a lot of fun exploring each one’s unique play styles!

Speaking on civilizations, a key focus of our work at World’s Edge is to authentically represent the cultures and peoples that we depict in our games. In creating Age III: DE, we realized that we weren’t upholding that value as well as we could regarding our Native American cultures. So we set out to fix that, working directly with tribal consultants to respectfully and accurately capture the uniqueness of their peoples, history and cultures. Returning players will find there’s been some changes to the Native American civilizations, and we hope you find them as compelling as we do! We’ll have more to share on this work closer to launch.

If you can’t wait until launch to get your hands on Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition? You’re in luck! There’ll be opportunities for Age of Empires Insiders to help us test the game between now and launch. Not yet an Insider? Head to to join the program! If you’re already an Age Insider, make sure your profile and dxDiag are up to date.

Key Features:

  • Stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics and fully remastered soundtrack
  • Enjoy the complete content collection, plus all-new content
  • Two new game modes – Historical Battles and The Art of War Challenge Missions
  • Updated online multiplayer supporting cross-network play
  • Spectator mode and mod support

Pre-orders are available now through Steam and the Microsoft Store or you can pre-install on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). There are multiple offers to give you the best deal, whether you’re an existing Definitive Edition owner or are going to give Age of Empires a try for the very first time!

What’s more, owners of Age of Empires III: Complete Collection on Steam can pre-order/buy the Definitive Edition with a 25% discount, reducing the price to $14.99 USD / £11.25 GBP / €14.99 EUR). Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will receive the same discount on the Microsoft Store!

Already own Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on Steam? Complete your collection with the same 25% discount! We’re also proud to introduce Age of Empires: Definitive Collection, a bundle of all three Definitive Editions at a $60 value for the stellar price of $44.99.

You can also play the first two Age of Empires Definitive Editions right now through Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition will join the roster on October 15!

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition will be released on October 15, 2020

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