With real-time strategy games becoming a rare and endangered species in today’s gaming landscape, the biggest fans of the series are always on the lookout for new titles to be released. One of the biggest publishers that is still catering to this audience is Microsoft, and their latest offering is the long-awaited sequel to one of the most successful RTS series of all time; Age of Empires IV will be making its way to PC later this year, developed by RTS legends Relic Entertainment.
First announced in 2017, Age of Empires IV will be released on PC via the Windows Store and Steam on October 28, and it will also be part of their Game Pass library. This means that those who are subscribers of Microsoft’s competitive subscription model will be able to play it immediately during release date. The latest trailer for the game showcases another long-awaited feature, which are naval battles that are sure to spice up Age of Empires IV for both new and longtime fans. Check out the trailer below.
Conquering the seas
While only lasting 30 seconds, the short video trailer does convey most of what players can expect from naval warfare in Age of Empires IV. As is with the land battles, you can build a fleet of ships with different specialized units under the various civilizations; as it stands, there are eight civilizations that will be available to players on the release date: the English, the Chinese, the Mongols, the Delhi Sultanate, the French, the Abbasid Dynasty, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Rus.
The trailer also showed that the naval battles will extend itself towards the land skirmishes as well, as the ships shown in the clip are interacting and battling with soldiers on foot. This should make for interesting battles where you not only have to plan for facing your opponents in the ocean, but those shooting at you from the shores as well.
Age of Empires IV has also already showcased much of the civilizations in separate videos, and they detail four distinct campaigns with 35 missions spanning 500 years of history, from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. There will also be an online mode available, either competitive or cooperative with up to eight players in PVP or PVE modes.