It’s been over two decades since the first edition of Age of Empires, developed by now-defunct Ensemble Studios, was released.
Now, it seems that Microsoft is ready to bring the magic of Age of Empires back to life. Microsoft Studios has announced that Age of Empires IV is in development and will be released on PC. To recreate the magic of 90’s hit real-time strategy game, Microsoft has partnered with Canada’s Relic Entertainment, which has developed a number of well-known strategy game including Company of Heroes and Homeworld.
“We can’t wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community,” said Relic in a blog post.
“We look forward to sharing with you more details in the months to come. For now, just know we are beyond excited to be working on the next entry into the legendary franchise,” the statement added.
“In our first full adventure, exploration, discover and conquest will stand the test of time,” you can hear the narrator in trailer as saying.
Right now there’s not much information available about release of the game or where Age of Empires IV will fit into this history, besides a trailer filled with concept art of historical battles hinting that the latest instalment of the game will have a variety of armies.
Classic PC game 'Age of Empires' to be resurrected in 4K
Each previous edition of the game was set in a different era. In the first edition of Age of Empires, players were required to guide their troops through the Stone Age to the Classical period, while the 1999 follow up focused on the Middle Ages. Age of Empires III, which was released in 2005, was set in the Colonial period. In 2011, the Age of Empires online edition was launched with the game makers trying their hands at free-to-play.
Besides the fourth edition of the game, Microsoft is also working on a 4K version of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.
The remaster will not only be in 4k but also boast a host of new changes.
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