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January 18, 2018 1 min read
Following a delay, Age of Empires: Definitive Editionis back on track and now aiming for a February 20, 2018 launch on Windows 10 PCs.
"[I]t was important for the team to treat the Age of Empires franchise with the respect it deserves, so we took the time we needed to get features like attack-move and the improved minimap exactly right, and even added things like an in-game tech tree (how did we survive 1997 without that?) that we hope fans will love," Microsoft creative director Adam Isgreen said of the later-than-expected release.
Besides gameplay updates, Definitive Editionwill have rebuilt assets for 4K, LAN play and online play with Xbox Live, a new orchestral score of the original soundtrack, campaign narration for every mission, and an enhanced campaign/scenario editor with the option to share via AgeOfEmpires.com.
The idea is to "[retain] the original feel and unique gameplay that made Age of Empires so special for so many." If you'd like to play before launch, the multiplayer beta is adding participants on January 29.
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