Age of Empires has been one of Microsoft’s most beloved franchises, but that love didn’t materialize in a new game (Not Including Remasters) in the last Xbox generation. Thankfully in the era of the Series X, we are getting a new Age of Empires. So Age of Empires 4 was revealed a while back, and all Microsoft released at that time was just a small teaser. Finally, at the recent AOE: Fan preview, we got to see some gameplay and a brand new campaign.
Treat for Fans of the Classic?
It’s clear from released gameplay that AOE:4 is sticking to its roots, and that’s a great thing because the original formula was so much fun. Although AOE:3 is an outlier here, it wasn’t received as well as the other games in the series. The reason being Ensemble Studios wanted to reinvent the series to a great extent. That didn’t really work out, and it alienated most of the fan base.
With Age of Empires 4, however, what we have seen so far looks very promising. The game looks great from a visual standpoint, and it seems gameplay was closely inspired by the first two games.
Like previous AOE games, there will be multiple civilizations to choose from, and today we got to look at a few.
The Delhi Sultanate is a powerful technology-based civilization with a key advantage in research and the potential to emerge as a mighty force capable of devastating their opponents.
The Chinese civilization is immense and resilient, with the potential for tremendous growth and advancement throughout the game. With a strong focus on expanding their empire, they are capable of developing massive armies with their explosive strength.
We also got our first look at one of the four campaigns, which is based on the conquest of England by King William in the 11th Century.
As for the release, there’s no exact date yet, but Microsoft did reveal the title slated for the end of 2021.