Attention all Age of Empires fans, we have some fantastic news. Age of Empires 4 is in development for Windows 10 PCs. The announcement was made yesterday that the game is being developed by Microsoft Studios with Relic Entertainment in charge of the project. The franchise has been without a new title since 2005 when Age of Empires 3 launched; the first entry in the franchise was all the way back in 1997.
The other main title in the Age of Empires franchise was published in 1999 and was Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings. All three of those games were developed by Ensemble Studios, which is no longer in existence. Relic Entertainment will be making Age of Empires 4 and that studio is based in Vancouver, Canada. The studio has made some RTS games in the past, including Homeworld, Company of Heroes, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
Adam Isgreen, Creative Director, Microsoft wrote, "We are thrilled to continue growing the empire, and excited to share that we are working with Relic Entertainment on a brand-new title for the Age of Empires franchise – Age of Empires IV. Relic Entertainment has a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games, making them the ideal partner to develop Age of Empires IV. For all of you who have remained faithful fans of the Age of Empires franchise for the last 20 years, we say thank you – we cannot wait to bring you the next chapter of history."
Microsoft is playing coy with the details we all really want to know, and we have no idea when the game will launch. We do have a trailer for the game, and you can see it below. To hold you over until Age of Empires 4 lands, Microsoft did announce the launch date for the 4K remaster of the original Age of Empires, called Age of Empires: Definitive Edition by Forgotten Empires. That game will launch on October 19 and will be a Windows 10 PC exclusive. Definitive Editions of Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 3 are also in the works.