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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition now live on Xbox Game Pass for PC

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is now available through Xbox Game Pass for PC and through Steam and the Microsoft Store.
  • The game features 4K support and new graphics, higher unit limited, new factions and more.
  • Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition costs $20 on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is now available through the Microsoft Store and Steam. The game is also available through Xbox Game Pass for PC, so players with that subscription won't need to pay anything extra to jump back into Age of Empires. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has full cross-platform play between the Steam and Microsoft Store versions of the game.

This version of Age of Empires II includes a graphical overhaul, new animations, and 4K support. It also has three new campaigns, four new civilizations, and new units and technology to play with. There are also several quality of life improvements, an improved multiplayer experience, and several additions to multiplayer.

In our full review of the game, Cale Hunt states, "Age of Empires II has never looked so good, and the developers have kept the feel of the original game." In his summary of the game, Hunt called it "An RTS for the ages."

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