It has been 20 years since the release of the first Age of Empires PC game and 12 years since the last version, Age of Empires III was released. Now Microsoft has announced that the franchise will get a reboot this October with Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition.
Microsoft unveiled the new iteration of the famous Age of Empires series, which is still widely regarded as one of the best real-time strategy (RTS) game, at Gamescom 2017.
The Age of Empires IV will be released on October 19, 2017.
“We created the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition to honor fans of the series and PC gamers everywhere, we wanted to commit to improving the entire franchise. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will show the classic at its best, exclusively for Windows 10 and available for purchase from the Windows Store,” the company stated.
Remastered Visuals in 4K
The new Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition brings in fully remastered visuals in 4K UHD, giving the game enhanced graphics and a modern feel to the gameplay.
Increased Population Limit
In addition to that, it also features an increased population limit, which means that each player (or civilization) has an increased upper cap for population, that used to 200 in the first few editions of the game.
The game also incorporates enhanced pathfinding techniques which allow individual units on the map to navigate smoothly around obstructions such as trees or shallows.
Enhanced Attack Move and Building Destruction
The attack moves of units have also been enhanced to make it look smoother and realistic. Other than that, the developers have also worked towards enhancing the visuals of the game, laying focus on the way a building is destructed.
New Zoom Levels
Age of Empires IV will also bring three new zoom levels to the fore. Now users can look at the map from a wider angle by zooming out or zooming in during battles.
New UI and Campaigns
Needless to say, the upcoming Age of Empires game will have added campaigns with a wider range of battles incorporated spanning over different ages. The campaign page also gets a refreshed user interface which informs the gamer a bit about the campaign with the battle’s historical significance.
Renewed Orchestral Soundtracks
The game also gets renewed orchestral soundtracks alongside other graphics improvements. It will be exclusively available for Windows 10 PC.
October 19, 2017, onwards, you’ll be able to buy the game here.
Age of Empires: Rise of Rome Update
Yes! If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, you’re thinking right! The Age of Empires: Rise of Rome is getting an update and it’ll be bundled alongwith the purchase of Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition.
Age of Empires: Rise of Rome gets four new civilizations and units as well as new campaigns.
Microsoft has teamed up with Relic Entertainment to bring out the latest iteration of the popular Age of Empires title.
Relic Entertainment has “a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games” like Company of Heroes series or Warhammer series and more.
Minimum System Requirements for AOE IV: Definitive Edition
OS: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or higher
Processor: 1.8GHz (or more), Dual core or greater i3, i5, i7 or AMD equivalent
Graphics: Intel HD 4000 or greater (16 or more execution units), AMD or Nvidia GPU scoring 500 or more on Passmark G3D Mark