We've known that a sequel to the historical strategy series is on the way since Gamescom 2017, but after a no-show at E3 2019, Microsoft's head of gaming Phil Spencer promised that there'd be more to share before the year is out.
The time for more news appears to be upon us then. The Age of Empires Twitter feed promises "some exciting Age of Empires news" will be announced on Monday, August 19th at 17:00 CEST:
👀 Monday, August 19th @ 17:00 CEST / 8 a.m. PT please tune in to https://t.co/G6yvSD6ixu for some exciting #AgeofEmpires news! More details about us at #Gamescom2019 are here: https://t.co/tTloIsTQBR Stay tuned with us on social media as well, much more to come! See you Monday! pic.twitter.com/Xn0swRBv3c16 August 2019
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Battles to come
So what exactly will that news be? The Inside Xbox showcase could, of course, skip over Age of Empires 4 altogether, in favor of more news relating to the other Age of Empires game on the way, the remastered Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition.
Having been remastered once already, Microsoft is pulling out all the stops with this new version of the second game in the series, introducing four new playable civilisations, three new campaigns and enough gameplay tweaks and UI improvements to fill a medieval castle.
But it is Age of Empires 4 we're most excited about – a previous teaser trailer showed many historical timelines, spanning ages that saw Romans through to the Japanese samurai as well as the British Redcoats.
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