It’s official, Microsoft will release its famous Age of Empires saga on consoles. Two opus will thus arrive on the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S sometime in 2023. Of course, they will be included in Game Pass.
It was something players had been asking for for a long time: the arrival of Age of Empires games on the Xbox Series X and Series S. Microsoft responded favorably to the request, sinceAge of Empires 2 and 4 will arrive very soon on the manufacturer’s consoles.
It was during the stream organized for the twenty-five years of the saga that the Redmond firm announced the thing. Both titles will arrive in 2023 and will both be available in Game Pass. This was already the case on PC, but not on Xbox.
Age of Empires 4 is finally coming to Xbox Series X
As a reminder, Age of Empires 4 was released in 2021 exclusively on PC. It was also an interesting exclusive, given Microsoft’s “play anywhere” policy. The title has brilliantly taken up the formula of the old opuses, while giving it a new depth. Microsoft did not give a specific date for a console release, just a vague “2023”.
On the other hand, we do have a date for Age of Empire 2 Definitive Edition. It will be available on January 31, 2023. This is a remaster of the 1999 game, with graphical improvement but also new content. It was originally released on PC in 2019. Note that the other two installments of the franchise, Age of Empires 1 and 3, also had the right to a remaster, but for the moment, no console release is planned. Maybe later, who knows?
In any case, it’s nice to see Age of Empires return to the front of the stage. One of the emblems of the RTS style had been left aside for too many years, the genre being considered outdated. The success of Age of Empires 4 proves that there is still an audience out there willing to spend nights and nights waging war against other gamers.