Age of Empires: Definitive Edition gets a release date


It’s likely that PC gamers into real-time strategy games are familiar with Age of Empires. After all, this historically-themed strategy classic sure caused a sensation back in 1997, spanning several sequels, and is fondly remembered to this day.

The original Age of Empires looks a bit long in the tooth these days (it’s graphics weren’t cutting edge in the 90s either) so it’s a good thing that Microsoft is putting out a remastered edition of the game next month, titled Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.

So, what does this new edition of one of the most loved games of all time bring to the table? For starters, and as you would expect from a modern release, the game’s graphics have been reworked in 4K resolution, plus this also boasts an entirely new orchestral score, something that will no doubt add to the gameplay experience.

Also, you will now hear a narration for every campaign mission in the game too, plus you can look forward to other quality of life enhancements such as online play via Xbox Live and an improved campaign and scenario editor, great if you’re in the mood for creating your own original campaigns.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will ship on February 20 and is priced at $20 US dollars, but you can give the game a go free of charge before release by signing up for the beta here if you’re so inclined.

It remains to be seen, though, whether this new edition of the RTS classic will live up to the original game in terms of gameplay and feel, something we’ll find out when Age of Empires: Definitive Edition ships next month.