We first heard about the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at Gamescom 2017, in Cologne back in August. This remake of the original Age of Empires was announced alongside the Age of Empires 4 (a PC exclusive) which is still a work in progress. Between the Gamescom event and now some of you may have been expecting to be able to play Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, as it was scheduled for release on 19th October, in time for the game's 20th anniversary.
The anniversary came and went without the previously trumpeted release. Now we have a new firm date from Microsoft - 20th Feb 2018 - for the worldwide release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition for Windows 10 PCs.
As a reminder, the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a remake of the classic RTS, aiming to retain all the fan-favourite features, feel and gameplay of the original. At the same time the developers have updated the game engine with "top notch audio-visual presentation" and introduced popular modern features such as an in-game tech tree. Microsoft highlights the following improvements it has completed:
- Completely rebuilding assets for a modern 4K presentation
- Letting you play online with Xbox LIVE (in addition to LAN play)
- Re-recorded the original soundtrack with a new orchestral score
- Adding campaign narration for every mission
- Enhancing the campaign and scenario editor, which allows anyone to make original custom campaigns for the game, by letting players easily share them with other players around the world via AgeOfEmpires.com
As headlined, the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will go on sale worldwide from 20th Feb, at $19.99 USD or local equivalent. If you want a taste of the action earlier, Microsoft is opening up the multiplayer beta to 100,000 more players worldwide starting 29th January. You can sign up for the beta (please do so before 25th January) and get more info at AgeOfEmpires.com.