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.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, getting very angry at people in Dota 2, or playing basically anything that’s not a hardcore simulation or sports game. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.