Gameplay revealed for brand new Age of Empires

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Posted November 24, 2019 by John Little in Announcements, Articles, Gameplay, Gaming News, PC, Trailers, Xbox One

We’ve known about the development for Age of Empires IV since 2017, but until now not much of the actual game has been shown (if any).

Unfortunately, as these things go, this still isn’t a great glimpse at what the game will actually look like, but during the 1 minute long trailer released at X019 we do at least see a potential for what it might look like, with the beginning of a siege on a settlement.

This is a little surprising, as I’m sure it would be for any Age of Empires fan, as previous titles didn’t really do the whole “large battles” thing, but what’s seen in the trailer wouldn’t look too out of place in a Total War game.

We see siege towers, trebuchets, blocks of infantry and cavalry, and even some anti-cavalry defences from the besieged settlement.

It looks big, it’s safe to say, though of course it’s unclear if this will be the case across most of its campaigns or if this could be a set battle situation.

It’s unclear what timeframe the game will take place in, or if it will span numerous as past entries have, however the trailer features reportedly a battle between medieval English and Mongol forces.

I’d love for there to be more to say, however unfortunately details are quite limited – no real info on buildings, level structure, multiplayer or combat or management mechanics.

But it’s good to see it’s still in the making and the fact the developers appear to be taking at least the combat in a new direction is very intriguing indeed (hopefully it all turns out well).

No release date has been stated as of yet, but perhaps it could be expected in 2021? One would assume this will be coming to PC, though you can see for certain that it will be coming to Xbox. In the meantime there have been recent releases of remastered Age of Empires 1 and 2, and a remastered Age of Empires 3 is currently in the making as well. It’s good to see the RTS genre revive itself in this way with such a classic series.


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John Little
John Little

I started gaming with the release of the PS1 - Crash Bandicoot and Ridge Racer Revolution being the first 'real' games I ever set eyes on - and have been enthralled with the medium ever since. I particularly love strategy and horror games, the sort offered by titles such as Total War and Silent Hill, though I also have a soft spot for a good RPG. I studied Journalism at university in the hopes of progressing into writing about games. You'll most likely find me covering indie games as I'm always on the look out for interesting little titles, and generally I stick to the PC and PS4 platforms. I'm not interested in MMOs or really any kind of online game, and I have an unusual and frankly worryingly expensive obsession with collecting gaming guide books, but aside from that I like to think I'm a well rounded average gamer. Find me on twitter @JohnLittle29


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