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Age of Empires IV gameplay trailer revealed at X019

Age of Empires IV gameplay
Age of Empires IV gameplay (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Age of Empires IV is being developed by Relic Entertainment with support from World's Edge, the studio at Xbox Game Studios that oversees Age of Empires.
  • Age of Empires IV was first announced back in 2017.
  • At X019, we got a look at the game with the first ever Age of Empires IV gameplay trailer.
  • Age of Empires IV will launch as a part of Xbox Game Pass.

Age of Empires IV was first announced back in 2017 during Gamescom. Fans of the real-time strategy series have been waiting since then for additional information since then. Earlier this year at E3 2019, Xbox formally showed off Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, as well as announcing that a new studio focused on the Age of Empires series and headed up by Shannon Loftis.

At X019, more info was released as the new studio has been named World's Edge and Loftis stopped by to talk about the future of Age of Empires. Part of that future included showing a new gameplay trailer for Age of Empires IV, which you can check out below.

Right now, the game is only coming to PC however, that could change in the future. Like all Xbox Game Studios titles, Age of Empires IV is coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch. In the meantime, fans of the series can also check out Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which launched today.

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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

4 Comments
  • I don't know what to think if this. I'm a bit surprise to see they are going back to medieval era. I'm not sure about this. It looks like a remake of aoe 2. When they had the reveal in 2017, it looked like they were following progression through history so I would have thought something like the WW. So going back to medieval is a bit weird.
    Maybe they were not sure what they would do when they revealed the game in 2017. Graphics are ok. Looks like AOE2 with AOE3 engine. I was expecting a bit more, but it's still decent.
    I wish they showed actual gameplay and not this cinematic. Combat looks really impressive though.
    When I look at the progression I think they are still quite far away from an actual release date. Maybe 2021-2022. I hope it will come sooner though. I'm still super hyped for this game and day one for sure.
  • Maybe the game will progress farther into the future than the old ones. It's been a while since I played them, but what age did they stop in?
  • The last expansion of AOE3 was the Asian Dynasties but the game covered stories that went till the 1850s or so. So having a WW1-WW2 was what many people expected.
    That expansion was released way back in 2007.
    Another thing was this:
    https://forums.ageofempires.com/t/we-want-age-of-empire-4/26572/61 It was included with some version of AOE3. But it was never confirmed. On one side I would have loved to see what they would do with the world war 1 and 2, on the other side I agree there are many stories that could be told about other era and civilisations. I really hope they improve the story telling and try to stick more to what made AOE2 successful and avoiding what made AOE3 less enjoyable...
  • This looked amazing. The visuals are stunning. By far the best RTS visuals by a long way. Love the detail in thr towns and castles. So hyped for this.