Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition coming to Xbox in 2023

The Classic real-time strategy franchise Age of Empirespublished by Microsoft since its initial launch 25 years ago, is coming to Xbox for the first time in late January. Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition2019 remake of the 1999 game, will launch on January 31 via Xbox Game Pass and a more modern version Age of Empires 4 Microsoft says there will be a console release “later this year”.

The announcement doesn’t specify which Xbox consoles will receive the new version, other than saying that both games will be available through the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Console versions will still support keyboard and mouse input, and will be playable with a controller.

Age of Empires 4 – and all its trebuchetslaunched October 28, 2021 and on PC Game Pass same day.

“We know that bringing the complexity of RTS to the Xbox console is a huge undertaking, and we must approach it carefully and thoughtfully,” World’s Edge co-developer said in a statement Tuesday. . “The team has worked hard to deliver an experience that not only feels great when using a controller, but also teaches players how to play on Xbox.”

Age of Empire’s controller input can be a bit complicated as the game involves a lot of clicking on different units and moving around the map. Xbox versions will have tutorials showing new users how to play the game, as well as controller-specific inputs. The developers have also added an AI game to make resource management “efficient and intuitive”.

Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 4 will support cross-platform play, allowing console users to play alongside Windows PC veterans. So we’ll see later how the Xbox versions measure up to mouse and keyboard rivals.


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