Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition was unveiled on August 21, 2017, at Gamescom. The famous RTS game franchise is receiving an update 12 years after its last edition and two decades after the first Age of Empires game was released by Microsoft.
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.
How to Buy or Pre-Order Age of Empires IV?
If you’re keen to get the first look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, you can join the Age of Empires Insider Program which gives you closed beta access.
Minimum System Requirements for AOE IV: Definitive Edition
- OS: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or higher
- Architecture: X64
- 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
- Memory: 4GB
- Storage: 8-10GB
Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition Features
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The game also gets renewed orchestral soundtracks alongside other graphics improvements. It will be exclusively available for Windows 10 PC.