Long-dormant Age of Empires IV might resurface in November

Age of Empires IV, a game that has been around for two years, is Eventually going to make its gameplay introduction later this year — at the least , we hope so. Microsoft turned up empty-handed to this week’s Gamescom.

Okay, that is not entirely true. Microsoft’s busy pushing its forthcoming Gears of War 5, therefore it is no surprise it’s chosen to focus on that. When asked about it by a reporter, Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg said, “Our second big beat is XO19. I would suggest that people watch that… Cannot confirm or deny anything, but [you] certainly want to listen.” (For those who don’t understand, XO19 is a Xbox fan event taking place in London.)

It’s not just a confirmation one way or another, but considering how long it’s been since we heard anything about AoE4, it is great to at least have it confessed. The last numbered entry in the show, Age of Empires III, game outside a whole 14 years ago. We got several expansions for both AoE games and their Age of Mythology spin-off, but not much in the manner of a brand new game. Well, there was Age of Empires Online, but as I remember, that was released to rather middling reviews.

This will be the first numbered match in the series never developed by progenitors Ensemble Studios. That studio has been disassembled in 2009, shortly after making Halo Wars. Instead, Microsoft has tapped another RTS legend: Relic Entertainment, the makers of the Warhammer 40,000 and Company of Heroes series.

If You Would like to get a taste of what kind of countries will be in the Match, take a look at the show trailer, thus far the only piece of press we have on the sport:

To hold us over until this time, Microsoft has unveiled the release date for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. That’ll be coming out on November 14, the same-day XO19 begins. It Would be a cinch for Microsoft to use that occasion as a jumping-off stage To finally talk about the brand new game in the series.

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