The Age of Empire series turns 20 this year! Feel old yet? Going even further, the latest in the series, Age of Empire III, came out over a decade ago. This particular series carries a long history of innovation, including an online version called Age of Empires Online in 2011. But this year, Microsoft brings the newest iteration of this empire-building classic with Age of Empires IV.
The game series originally debuted in 1997. In this game, players must guide troops from the Stone Age to the Classical Period. Soon after, the series also took on other significant time periods. 1999’s Age of Empire II tackled the Middle Ages, and in 2005, Age of Empires III went to the Colonial. While we don’t know much about where Age of Empires IV will take us, hints do point towards a return to roots.
“We can’t wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community.”
Despite these minimal details, Relic assured fans that updates would come soon. As a company, Relic Entertainment also brought Company of Heroes and Homeworld to the gaming market. Are you excited for the upcoming installment of Age of Empires? Will you build a civilization that will stand the test–wait, wrong game. Will you create an empire that will last for ages?