Age of Empires 4 is the new part of the cult saga. Developed by Relic Entertainment, it wants to modernize a formula of more than twenty years and bring the RTS up to date. Release date, platforms, gameplay, we tell you everything we know about the game.
The Age of Empires license is back in force! After the remastering of the first three episodes, Microsoft will bring it back fully to the forefront with a highly anticipated fourth installment. Announced in 2017, Age of Empires IV has not given much information since, except for a gameplay video in 2019. However, we still know a few things about the game. is set to evolve over time, we’ve compiled everything there is to know about the highly anticipated Age of Empires 4.
Whether you are passionate about history, strategy games, or both, it should interest you.
WHAT IS THE RELEASE DATE OF AGE OF EMPIRES 4?
This is the great unknown. Since its announcement in 2017, we’ve only had one mouth-watering gameplay video that is stingy with info. However, at the end of 2020, Relic Entertainment announced that Age of Empires 4 was fully playable and was entering its balancing phase. Barring a major accident, the title should therefore be released in the course of 2021.
A Fan Preview event will be held on April 10, 2021 , live on Twitch, Facebook and the official license site. It will finally be the opportunity to learn more about the gameplay of the game, but also its scenario. Microsoft also promises to present the civilizations that will be playable in the game. Hopefully we will have a release date then.
WHAT PLATFORMS WILL AGE OF EMPIRES 4 RELEASE ON?
Age of Empires has always been a saga very much linked to the PC platform and that will not change with this new episode. Indeed, AoE 4 will be available on computer, and more specifically Windows 10.
We can also hope for a release on Xbox Series consoles , even if nothing has been announced in this direction. Microsoft is indeed working on the convergence between the two platforms lately, but nothing is won. It would not be the first time that Age of Empires has been released on console, since the second part was released on PS2 in 2001.
WHAT WILL BE THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT?
Each Age of Empires stages a historical period. The first game, released in 1997, took place during Antiquity, while the second (1999) put the Middle Ages in the spotlight. The third episode took place during the colonization of America. When the game was announced in 2017, Microsoft released a video in which we could admire different concept art . We saw, among other things, Greek hoplites, a Roman emperor, a medieval siege, a conquistador, sailors from the 18th century… This foreshadowed a game that would spread over all eras.
Nonetheless, the first gameplay video released in 2019 clearly focuses on medieval times by showing a walled English town being attacked by a Mongol army. The Fan Preview, which took place on April 10, 2021 , confirms this state of affairs. This 4th opus focuses on the Middle Ages and focuses on three ages: the Feudal Age, the Age of Castles and the Imperial Age .
WHAT WILL THE GAMEPLAY LOOK LIKE?
First certainty about the gameplay of Age of Empires 4: it will be an RTS, like its predecessors. It will be a question of building its base, of managing its units and of forming an army to defeat the enemy. Regarding the game itself, we have so far seen 4 civilizations: the Sultanate of Delhi, the Normans, the Chinese and the Mongols . As with the old games, each faction has its own peculiarities. The Delhi Sultanate, for example, benefits from the power of its War Elephants, while the Mongols can move their encampment at will to base themselves closer to coveted resources.