During the Age of Empires “Fan Preview” event, Microsoft and developer studios Relic Entertainment and World’s Edge announced that the long-awaited fourth installment Age of Empires 4, which will be released on PC via Steam, Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass during the third quarter of 2021.
Celebrating the announcement, they also released new images, new trailers of the campaign of the Normans and the civilization of the Delhi Sultanate, along with an extensive first gameplay video, showing several of the civilizations, eras and mechanics of the game . A short teaser of Japanese civilization was also shown.
The world show continued with a look at the Normans campaign, which also gave us our first look at the new style of presentation of Age of Empires IV campaigns. Drawing inspiration from the golden manuscripts of the time, the “golden soldiers” project historical events onto today’s real-world locations, giving us a realistic sense of the place as events unfolded hundreds of years ago. It’s very much inspired by BBC documentaries and it looks great. Prepare for more of this throughout the other three Age of Empires IV campaigns. “
Age of Empires 4 will have 4 new campaigns and 8 playable civilizations at launch. The game will launch on Xbox Game Pass PC and Ultimate.