It’s been almost a decade since Age of Empires III was released. On Monday, at the Gamescom 2017 event, Microsoft announced that Age of Empires IV is in development. There is no release date yet but we know the game will be launched on PC.
20 Years of Age of Empires
The first entry in the Age of Empires franchise was released in 1997 as a real-time strategy game. The company that developed the game, Ensemble Studios, is now closed. As a gameplay, the players were tasked with guiding their troops from the Stone Age through the Classical Age. The follow-up, Age of Empires II, was released in 1999 and expanded the action to the Middle Ages. Age of Empires III, released in 2005, followed the colonial era with added gameplay mechanics.
Microsoft did not give any details as to where Age of Empires IV fits into the timeline. The trailer takes the viewer through a variety of major events in humanity, showing Roman battles and Japanese samurai. However, the game will retain its RTS roots.
Relic Entertainment as New Developer
Microsoft announced their partnership with developer Relic Entertainment, praising the company’s experience with RTS games. Relic Entertainment has been responsible for bringing to life highly-acclaimed games such as Company of Heroes and Warhammer: 40,000. So far, the excitement expressed by Microsoft for the new addition to the Age of Empires IV project is warranted.
Meanwhile, fans of the franchise can pass the time with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. The game is a 4K remaster of the original and is set to be released on 19th of October. Microsoft also announced possible remasters of Age of Empires II and III but did not give any details.
The Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be available exclusively on the Windows Store in Windows 10. Microsoft stated that the remasters will be “an homage to PC gamers everywhere”.