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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition now available in the Microsoft Store

It's a few months later than originally intended, but Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is finally here. Fans of the series can pick up the revamped classic now exclusively for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was originally set to launch in October of 2017, but Microsoft ended up pushing it back to a February 20 release to give it a little more time in the oven. The overhauled experience includes the same gameplay as the original, but with improved visuals and a few other tweaks. The most prominent immediately noticeable of the updates is that the game now includes high-resolution textures and 4K support. However, fans of the original will also notice an increased population limit, better unit pathfinding, new zoom levels, and improved animations. The soundtrack has also seen a boost with a re-recorded orchestral score.

Multiplayer play over LAN is still supported, but players will also be able to face off against one another over Xbox Live as well. The campaign has also been enhanced with narration for every mission.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is up for grabs now at the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 for $19.99. It's worth noting that, at release, some players have hit issues with launching the game from the Store. Fortunately there are some potential workarounds available, should you hit any snags.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Review

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  • This is a remaster of AOE original. The remaster of AOE II (HD) is already on Steam.  Why would I want this?  You can't build gates in walls according to a review I read.
  • This is lightyears better than the AoE II HD that is on steam.  That was not "remastered" at all, only updated to allow for HD resolutions.  The game play is still VERY slow.  This is better, but I do prefer AoE II, and look forward to the true remaster of that.  I wish they had put in gameplay tweaks, that were in AoE II and AoE III that made the overall gameplay better.  The farm queue comes most to mind.  Havign to babysit replanting farms is reminding me why of just another reason why I preferred AoE II.
  • Nothing from MS store, thanks.  We know how MS treats its customers.  I would only consider buying this game on steam.
  • Why don't they ever release this on the Xbox One?  
  • crashes after splash screen - insider build 17604 rs4 ...tried on two machines...uninstalled and redownloaded ...didn't help