It has been twelve years since we last played an Age of Empires game and as RTS fan I cannot be happier to announce that Age of Empires 4 is coming. Last night at
Age of Empires 4 marks the fourth proper entry in the series since 2005's Age of Empires III and the best news of all is that the original team behind the third game, Relic Entertainment, is the studio behind the latest game too. Relic Entertainment is known for their fantastic work in the RTS genre with titles like Company of Heroes, Homeworld, and even Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
Adam Isgreen, creative director at Microsoft Studios, said in an Xbox Wire post:
“Relic Entertainment has a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games, making them the ideal partner to develop Age of Empires 4,” said Adam Isgreen “We are thrilled to be working with them and can’t wait for fans to see their unique and exciting contribution to the Age of Empires franchise.”
While there was no release date given or even a release window, it is great news to know this is actually happening. If that is not enough to get you hyped for a real RTS, then maybe a Definitive Edition of the classics will make you happy? Microsoft announced that they are working on both Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition, which according to Microsoft will be built from the ground up rather than simply a remaster of the classics.
As for the original game, Microsoft is not leaving it in the dark as Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will release on 19 October as a 4K remaster of the 20-year-old original title.
Are you excited to play a good old RTS again? Let us know in the comments below.