Age of Empires: Definitive Edition arrives on October 19

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition finally has a release date. During a special Gamescom live stream event, Microsoft announced that the revamped version of the classic real-time strategy (RTS) title is all set to land in fans' hands on October 19.

For its Definitive Edition treatment, Age of Empires is being remastered with updated visuals, including high-resolution textures and 4K support. Various other little niceties, like an increased population limit, better pathfinding, new zoom levels, and improved animations are on board as well. For fans of the soundtrack, the music has been enhanced as well.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be available exclusively for Windows 10 on the Windows Store on October 19. You can sign up for the closed beta, which is set to kick off on August 22, at the Age of Empires website.

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  • So - will we get a local multiplayer mode again?
  • But does it have touch support? Because that would be truly awesome
  • i doubt it.  It's a remaster of graphics, music, sound.  They didn't remake the game engine or mechanics to be for touch.
  • I was pretty excited to hear this...and then they announced the development of Age of Empires IV.
  • Is there a reason why Microsoft has never released this on Xbox?
  • No keyboard mouse support on the Xbox, so no way to play it. AOE is not a dumbed down RTS like HW so its easy to play with controller; but that is besides the point the question should be why MS still does not have support for KB/M on the Xbox after they repeatedly said they will implement it;    
  • And Karl you do know they have been "working" on that for years and still have nothing to show for it, right?
  • Microsoft can go screw themselves with the Win10 exclusivity locked to the WinStore; the game will be dead on arrival. Great thinking Microsoft lock out 50% of the PC user base if you want your game to succeed, wow Spencer is a genius.  
  • It'll come to Steam, maybe not straight away, but it will.
  • It's time to upgrade to Windows 10 my friend.
  • Windows XP is no more -- get over it.
  • Bummed i just got an email saying it is delayed until 12/31/2018! Was hoping it was a typo and real date was 12/31/2017, but i saw in some other sites that it will be "early 2018"