Age of Empires 4’s fan-event stream reveals new campaigns and factions

It’s been over 15 years given that the last numbered Age of Empires video game, however we lastly understand a couple of more information about the series’ upcoming return. Throughout a fan occasion livestream on Saturday, designer Antique Home entertainment exposed a couple of brand-new features of its upcoming follow up, Age of Empires 4, consisting of a take a look at among the video game’s projects and its brand-new and upgraded civilizations.

Projects that position gamers in the middle of historic occasions have actually constantly been a standout focus of the Age of Empires series, and Antique is taking that concept even further in Age of Empires 4. The video game will include 4 full-length projects, consisting of one concentrated on the Norman Conquest, which Antique previewed throughout the stream.

An English city in Age of Empires 4

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The Norman project follows the battle in between Harold Godwinson, king of the Anglo-Saxons, and William the Conqueror, who has actually been assured Harold’s crown. The project includes numerous enormous fights throughout the dispute’s history, consisting of the Fight of Hastings in 1066, and will extend over a number of years, revealing the fallout of William’s triumph both in England and France. The project will likewise bring gamers to a range of various battlegrounds and environments, consisting of intense French fields and stretching English castles.

Throughout the discussion, Antique likewise detailed a few of the video game’s playable civilizations, consisting of among the brand-new ones, the Delhi Sultanate from India. It has a couple of standout functions, however the greatest emphasize is its enormous war elephants.

A Delhi Sultanate army in Age of Empires 4 with war elephants

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According to Antique, among the main objectives of producing playable civilizations in Age of Empires 4 was to make them as various as possible. This indicated including more intricate and nuanced gameplay mechanics to each of the civilizations to make them feel distinct.

Among the standout examples of these unique mechanics was from the Mongols, who can now evacuate whole cities and move them someplace brand-new. This fits the Mongols’ real-world nomadic way of life — continuing the Age of Empires series’ concentrate on historic precision. However it likewise provides the civilization a completely brand-new and distinct gameplay alternative. A Mongol player might create a small city just outside of their enemies base and use it to create troops in the blink of an eye, then simply move the city when things get dangerous.

A mobile Mongol camp in Age of Empires 4

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During a developer Q&A with press, held a few weeks before Saturday’s livestream, Relic revealed that Age of Empires 4 will feature eight playable civilizations at launch, just like Age of Empires 3. Relic said this will help the team focus on how to make each civilization special, and will make the entire game much easier to balance. So far, Relic has announced that the Chinese, English, Delhi Sultanate, and Mongols are all in the game, with more civilization announcements coming soon. The developer likewise said that it will add more civilizations after launch.

Age of Empires 4 is scheduled to be released on Windows PC sometime in 2021. The game will launch on Xbox Video Game Pass PC and Ultimate.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.