Friday, January 19th 2018

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Finally Gets Launch Date

Microsoft's original plan was to launch Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19 of last year to commemorate the franchise's 20th anniversary. Unfortunately, there was a setback in the game's development, and the launch date was pushed to early 2018. Age of Empires aficionados can finally rejoice. Adam Isgreen, Creative Director at Microsoft, announced yesterday that the highly-anticipated remake is making its way to Windows 10 PCs on February 20 for $19.99. Adam also took the opportunity to remind us that the Definitive Edition isn't your normal everyday remake. It actually comes with many huge improvements like:
  • 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
Additionally, Microsoft is allowing players to get some early action in a multiplayer environment. To be eligible, players need to sign up for the Age Insider Program. Microsoft will randomly pick the 100,000 participating players on Thursday January 25 at 9:00 am Pacific Time. The multiplayer beta officially kicks off on Monday January 29.
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15 Comments on Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Finally Gets Launch Date

#1
Liviu Cojocaru
I think I'll get this one, I've really enjoyed AoE II
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#2
Readlight
At least this game has been fixed for 2018
Everybody knows this game.
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#3
ZoneDymo
For those who think they will not be getting this:

Cough Cough (clears throat)... breaths in... aaaand... "whololo Whololo HIYOOOO yoyo"
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#4
bug
Scythe chariot's still in. That unit single handedly broke this game :(
Let's hope it's rebalanced.
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#5
romeg
Will this new release work on Win7? I noticed the article said "coming to a Win10" so I'm curious.
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#6
Patriot
Can you remind Adam that windows store only is doa.
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#7
syrup
Yes, it does appear it'll be one of the first big "hey, Windows 7/8.1 holdouts - look what you're missing out on" releases.

Couldn't find whether this is for technical reasons (e.g. DirectX 12-only) or if it's as artificial as the Kaby Lake Windows 10 exclusivity nonsense.
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#8
bug
syrup said:
Yes, it does appear it'll be one of the first big "hey, Windows 7/8.1 holdouts - look what you're missing out on" releases.

Couldn't find whether this is for technical reasons (e.g. DirectX 12-only) or if it's as artificial as the Kaby Lake Windows 10 exclusivity nonsense.
It's probably a Windows Store exclusive...
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#9
Bansaku
Ooooooh yeah! I can't wait! AoE II is one of the greatest RTS game, ever!
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#10
DigitalDude
ZoneDymo said:
For those who think they will not be getting this:

Cough Cough (clears throat)... breaths in... aaaand... "whololo Whololo HIYOOOO yoyo"
*wololoing intensifies*
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#12
Melvis
bug said:
It's probably a Windows Store exclusive...
The more they do this kind of BS the more Pirated the game becomes!
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#13
bug
Melvis said:
The more they do this kind of BS the more Pirated the game becomes!
When it was released, AoE was a showcase for DX. I twould be almost out of place of they didn't use the title again to promote their own technologies ;)
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#14
_JP_
Exclusives in 2018 make no sense...even though I would really like to play this game, binding me to yet another platform with the GFWL memories still present iisnj't going to convince me. AoEII:HD will do fine until Empire Earth HD is also made.
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#15
Kovoet
Will definitely get and is pre-ordered
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