September 30, 2023

Microsoft made a shock addition to the Xbox Recreation Move library yesterday with Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Version. The RTS recreation was initially launched on PC again in 2021, and it’s now been ported to Xbox One and Xbox Collection X|S consoles.

Similar to the Xbox model of Age of Empires II: Definitive Version launched earlier this yr, Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Version has been optimized for Xbox Wi-fi Controllers, however the recreation additionally helps mouse and keyboard enter. The multiplayer modes help as much as 8 gamers on Xbox Collection X|S and as much as 4 gamers on Xbox One.

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Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Version consists of 10 completely different civilizations and 4 campaigns with 35 missions overlaying 500 years of human historical past. Xbox gamers will probably be welcomed with an unique tutorial that can assist them study the sport’s primary controls.

It’s fairly uncommon to see RTS video games on consoles lately, so Microsoft deserves credit score for porting the most recent installment within the Age of Empires franchise on Xbox. Technique video games in all probability aren’t as widespread as they was, however Microsoft could quickly personal different widespread RTS franchises corresponding to Starcraft and Warcraft if it manages to finish its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

World’s Edge, the brand new studio overseeing the event of the Age of Empires franchise revealed final fall that Age of Mythology (a private favourite) was additionally getting the remaster remedy. It’s not clear but if the remastered recreation may even be launched on Xbox consoles, however I’m maintaining my fingers crossed.