One more move. Just one more move. The next thing you know, you’ve played the course of decades in Age of Empires and your Ottoman empire is crumbling and the sun is coming up. The highly addictive historical real-time strategy game is releasing a new chapter in the Age of Empires franchise. Microsoft announced that Age of Empires IV is coming with an exciting new trailer. It will be the first new Age of Empires game in a decade, when Age of Empires III was released in 2005.
The trailer for Age of Empires IV doesn’t provide a whole lot of details and no gameplay video, but it promises that “empires will rise, kingdoms will fall.” The game is currently in development for Windows 10 PC. Microsoft did not provide a release date or even what season or quarter Age of Empires IV would debut.
Previous Age of Empires games featured different eras: Stone/Classical period, Middle Ages, and colonial period. Age of Empires IV looks like there will be a variety of time periods as well as several militaries such as Native Americans on horseback, Japanese Samurai, British Redcoats, and Roman legions, much like the RTS game Civilization.
“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,” the Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment, the studio making the game, said in their announcement. “We look forward to sharing with you more details in the months to come. For now, just know we are beyond excited to be working on the next entry into the legendary franchise.” Relic Entertainment has created real-time strategy titles, including Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, but this will be the first Age of Empires game it develops.
Microsoft did announce that they have an Age of Empires “definitive version” coming out soon, which are updated editions of the second and third AOE games. The update will offer 4K resolution, higher-detail textures, a remastered soundtrack, and quality-of-life improvements. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will come out on October 19th and will be available for purchase from the Windows Store.