Microsoft Studios have announced that, as part of the Age of Empires 20th anniversary celebrations, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a thing that is happening.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is, as you’d expect, a remastered version of the very first Age of Empires game. This means 4K resolutions, new zoom levels, remastered graphics and soundtracks, and “new and improved gameplay.” The latter, I think, refers to some of the updates being made to things like the UI; this remastering will feature things like control groups and attack-move functionality, as well as significantly better pathing.
On the flipside, it has XBOX LIVE MULTIPLAYER and a big fat Windows 10 logo, which makes me think this might be a Windows 10 Store exclusive title.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is due out later this year, although you can apparently sign up for the beta now over at ageofempires.com. I say “apparently” because that site is very, very dead for me, right now. Hopefully, this will have less problems that other Age of re-releases!
Teasingly, this is apparently only the first bit of the Age of Empires anniversary celebrations, as Microsoft have said they’ll have some more things to reveal at Gamescom.