Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 4 Coming to Xbox

Microsoft officially announces Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV for Xbox consoles and Game Pass.

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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV Coming to Xbox

Despite years of fan-request for a console release, acclaimed real-time strategy game franchise Age of Empires by publisher Xbox Game Studios has remained on PC platform due to difficulties of bringing the experience for controller users.

A listing for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on Xbox consoles was already spotted earlier at European rating website PEGI. During today's anniversary stream, Microsoft announces console release for two Age of Empires games in 2023.

Making its console debut, AoE II: Definitive Edition will be arriving for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on January 31, 2023. Newest series entry, Age of Empires IV will also be launching in coming months as a release date will be revealed later.

A remaster of 1999 original, Definitive Edition of AoE II includes 34 single-player campaigns, 83 maps, 7 co-op campaigns, 10 multiplayer modes and 42 multiplayer civilizations in a single pack for an exceptional RTS experience across Xbox.

Adapting complexity of RTS genre for Xbox consoles, dev team has designed a tutorial for many newcomers. New in-game AI has also been introduced to make resource management feel very efficient and intuitive for Xbox console players.

Those who prefer playing games on a keyboard and mouse will get those input support on Xbox consoles. There will be optional cross-play option between platforms to play with friends on PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) service day-one.

Both of these console ports are coming to Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate on day-one for all members. World's Edge plans to share more information on AoE II: Definitive Edition and AoE IV in coming months ahead of Xbox launch.

Age of Empires IV console launch was previously leaked by an Xbox Insider Preview internal test back in January 2022. A widely popular RTS franchise like AoE coming to Xbox may lead to many other genre-favorites being ported to console.
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