Although it has been more 20 years since the original Microsoft game Age of Empires first released, the real-time strategy series game still has a dedicated fan following. Last Tuesday, Microsoft released an updated version of the classic game entitled Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft was inspired to update their game when members of the Forgotten Empires online community began making mods of the original game in 2012. The mods became very popular in the gaming community and Microsoft realized there was still a strong market for the original Age of Empires. The mod was later released as part of the Age of Empires II: The Forgotten expansion pack.
Microsoft announced the new version of the game at E3 2017. The game’s release was originally slated to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original game’s debut in October 1997. However, the release was postponed until 2018 so the developers would have time for additional testing.
For the new edition, an orchestral soundtrack by the Prague Symphony Orchestra has replaced the game’s original music. Although mainly based on the classic game released in 1997, Age of Empires: The Definitive Edition has also incorporated elements of gameplay from the second entry in the series, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. The team also added improved resolution to appeal to modern audiences.
Before this latest release, the last full installment in the series was Age of Empires III in 2005. However, Microsoft and Relic Entertainment are currently developing a whole new game, Age of Empires IV. A release date has not yet been announced for the upcoming game.