Age of Empires: Definitive Edition to support cross-play between the Microsoft Store and Steam

What you need to know

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is getting cross-play between PC platforms.
  • Soon you'll be able to play the game with Microsoft Store and Steam owners.
  • The title is available for $20 through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is an amazing experience. The title focuses on historic armies and significant conflicts that have occurred in the past. The first game spawned a couple of sequels, but there's something about the original that stands the test of time. In our review, we said, "If you somehow managed to miss out on trying the original Age of Empires, this is your time to get stuck in. The Definitive Edition is an excellent nod to the classic title that made the series what it is today."

This morning, Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass was coming to PC. The service will offer over a hundred PC games for one monthly price, but there's more to the story. Beforehand, players who purchased games from the Microsoft Store couldn't play with those who purchased the same title through Steam. Luckily, that's about to change with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at least. The Age of Empires Twitter account confirmed cross-play between the Microsoft Store and Steam.

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Cross-play is the future of the industry, and it's great to see that Microsoft is enabling it between different PC platforms. Hopefully, more older titles will be updated to take advantage of this. This should help people easily find players for the multiplayer modes.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition costs $20 through the Microsoft Store. With over forty hours of modernized gameplay, all-new 4K visuals, eight-person multiplayer battles, and a host of other new features, there's never been a better time to jump into the game.

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  • Wow, cross play on the same system, what a revelation!
  • It’s actually quite a big deal.
  • Except it's literally as stupid as saying "X game will be cross play between Playstation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro". Playing against other people on PC was NEVER an issue until the Windows Store existed. It's nice that they're fixing the issue with one game, but they caused the issue in the first place.
  • Exactly. Modern Microsoft. Reinventing the wheel or breaking something only to fix it later and call it "new". Can't wait for the new icon for AOE!
  • Were there any issues between steam and other game clients like GOG, origin (?), and... not sure if others exist. I mean I know there's epic but they're pretty new. But my question being are there games that exist in steam and other games clients that don't have this "cross play" issue? I've mainly been on steam most of my life and only have one game in GOG which is a single player game.
  • Nah, other clients work together, Steam will basically just load the other launcher in the background.
  • To be fair, isn't this more to do with XBL server and Microsoft account tie-ins and not the Windows Store?
  • Yeah, you're probably right.
  • When is the release date for Steam? I have been waiting for this day for along ass time!
  • > Beforehand, players who purchased games from the Microsoft Store couldn't play with those who purchased the same title through Steam. That's not true. Rise of Nations: Extended Edition has had cross-play between the Windows 10 and Steam store versions for years now.