Strategy fans, rejoice: Microsoft is reviving Age of Empires for PC. Age of Empires IV is under development with Relic Entertainment, the studio behind Company of Heroes and a bunch of Warhammer 40,000 games.
Microsoft was pretty tight-lipped on the reveal aside from letting us know that the game is real. The reveal trailer is purely concept art, without even a screenshot of gameplay to be found.
That doesn’t mean it’s free of useful information, though. The trailer featured a variety of different civilizations throughout history, from Roman soldiers and British Redcoats to Samurai to Native Americans. That’s a whole lot of societies from a variety of eras.
Relic says it “couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the [Age of Empires] legacy.”
“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.”
But what about the bad news
As PC Gamer notes, Relic’s latest game, Company of Heroes 2 asked players to individually purchase armies. In today’s gaming environment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Microsoft make the game free to play or something like that.
Further, the game is being published exclusively on Windows 10, which means it won’t be on Steam – at least until poor sales force Microsoft to rethink that, as they had to do with Quantum Break. Windows 10 is all over, but gamers are resistant to using services other than Steam.
Microsoft isn’t yet offering up a release date for Age of Empires IV, but we’d guess at late 2018 at the earliest.