At the end of the lengthy stream celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empire series, Microsoft gave fans exactly what they wanted. While most of the stream involved Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, it capped off with the announcement of Age of Empires IV. That's right, it's real.
"Relic Entertainment has a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games, making them the ideal partner to develop Age of Empires IV. We are thrilled to be working with them and can’t wait for fans to see their unique and exciting contribution to the Age of Empires franchise. 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," wrote Microsoft creative director Adam Isgreen on Xbox Wire.
Age of Empires IV has no release window, but it is being developed by Relic Entertainment, the folks behind other strategy titles like Dawn of War III and Company of Heroes. The game is coming to Windows 10.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a Windows 10 exlcusive as well, coming on October 19, 2017. Microsoft revealed that following Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, it will be leaning on developer Forgotten Empires for more work. The studio will be working on Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. No release window was given for either project.
People were expecting disappointment, but Microsoft delivered with this anniversary celebration.