Age of Empires 2 may hit Xbox if Microsoft can 'figure out' the controls

Age of Empires II
Age of Empires II (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Age of Empires is a cult classic series that has enthralled gamers for years.
  • Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is coming to PC on November 14.
  • It looks like Microsoft wants to port the game to Xbox One.
  • The game will be part of Xbox Game Pass at launch just other Microsoft Exclusives.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the cult classic that launched all those years ago. It's coming out on November 14 for PC, the same day X019 takes place in London. It features a lot of behind-the-scenes refinements that should make it a treat to play on modern machines.

According to a report by Twinfinite, Age of Empires 2 may be coming to Xbox down the line. At Gamescom 2019, the team managed to speak with the game's Creative Director Adam Isgreen. When asked about whether the title could come to consoles, he said the following.

So, the plan is that I want to make the best PC real-time strategy game possible first. Now there's mouse and keyboard support on Xbox, but so many people don't have mouse and keyboard that they can plug in. So, I think the challenge, and what I want to fool around with afterwards, is... once we get this done, we're gonna look at what we can do for console controls, like building a console control scheme specifically for Age of Empires. We don't have anything to announce about console right now, but we're going to go try to figure it out.

Hopefully, Isgreen and his team will be able to figure out a control scheme for consoles. Games like Ancestors Legacy and Cities: Skylines work really well on consoles, so emulating them would serve the project well. Age of Empires needs to come to Xbox because console gamers have been demanding it for years!

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