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Age of Empires 2 and 4 coming to Xbox consoles and xCloud next year

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In a flurry of Age of Empires news announced during the series’ 25th anniversary livestream today, Microsoft revealed Age of Empires 2 and 4 are heading to Xbox consoles next year, and that an Age of Mythology Definitive Edition is in the works for PC.

Whispers of an Xbox appearance for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition first emerged earlier today, after a new console listing was spotted on the PEGI ratings database. However, it didn’t take long for Microsoft to make it official, confirming that both it and Age of Empires 4 are heading to Xbox and xCloud in 2023.

More specifically, Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition comes to Xbox on 31st January, while Age of Empires 4 is expected to arrive “later in the year”.

Age of Empires is Coming to Xbox Consoles.
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“Our team has been listening to you when you’ve been asking us to bring these globally beloved RTS titles to Xbox,” Age of Empires developer World’s Edge wrote in a blog post accompanying the news. “The team has been working hard to bring an experience that not only feels great using a controller, but also teaches players how to play on Xbox.”

To that end, Age of Empires 2 and 4 on Xbox will include a new tutorial designed specifically for controller input, a new user experience, and a new game AI intended to make resource management “efficient and intuitive”. Additionally, there’s keyboard and mouse support, as well as optional crossplay between Xbox and PC.

Age of Mythology: Retold – Announce Trailer.
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As for the newly announced Definitive Edition of fantasy themed RTS spin-off Age of Mythology – which Microsoft is calling Age of Mythology Retold – it’ll feature the likes of updated graphics and gameplay when it eventually arrives on PC.

You’ll find a little more Age of Empires news – including very early word of a new Age of Empires mobile game for iOS and Android – in Microsoft’s livestream recap.

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