Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Gets a New Release Date, Expanding Beta

After an indefinite delay, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition emerges from the unknown with a release date and an extended multiplayer beta.

on January 20, 2018 3:40 PM

Back in October, we received the disappointing news of an indefinite delay for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, meaning release was pushed back with no clear indication of when the new date was. This is typically seen as a bad sign for many games, but apparently not this one.

Today, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was given a new release date of February 20 for PC. When the game was first announced, we learned that it was more than just an HD version of the original title. It will feature completely redrawn assets and a re-recorded soundtrack.

Additionally, every campaign mission features voiced narration. Players can also use the campaign and scenario editor to create their own custom campaigns. The Definitive Edition has a new UI, the added ability to attack-move, select groups, easily find idle villagers and more.

The best part about Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is that this massive upgrade comes in at only $20. The original October release was supposed to line up with the original game’s 1997 release date. But, according to Microsoft, the game was pushed back to “treat the Age of Empires franchise with the respect it deserves.”

Microsoft is also expanding the game’s multiplayer beta. It will start on January 29 with registration happening right now. While fans will truly appreciate a recreation of the original Age of Empires, a brand new proper sequel is also in the works.

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