Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Unveils New Civilizations and Its Release Date

Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Unveils New Civilizations and Its Release Date

The trilogy will complete its remastering journey in October.

Age of Empires fans still have a while to wait before they get their long-awaited sequel, but the next-best thing isn't too far away. Today at Gamescom's Opening Night Live showcase, Microsoft debuted a new trailer for Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition and revealed its release date: October 15, 2020.

Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition will launch for the PC via Steam, the Windows 10 store, and on Xbox Game Pass. Much like the recent remasters of its predecessors, the Definitive Edition will give everything a 4K-ready graphical overhaul while adding a boatload of new content.

Two new civilizations and two new game modes are joining the Age of Empires 3 suite. The Inca and the Swedes will bring up the civilization count to 16 in total. Players new and old will also be able to put their RTS skills to the test with new historical battles and "Art of War" challenge missions.

Last year, we finally saw our first look at Age of Empire 4 gameplay at X019. As nice as these Definitive Editions look, this new sequel (first announced in 2017) looks to be a pretty significant evolution of the Age of Empires formula. There's still no release date for the sequel just yet, but with the full trilogy remastered and available on Game Pass, there's plenty to play in the meantime.

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