After the huge success that was Age of Empires: Definitive Version, it is no shock that developer Forgotten Empires has chosen to have a good time the sequence’ 20th anniversary by releasing a remastered model of Age of Empires II.
What we did not anticipate, nonetheless, was simply how a lot content material we would get: The Definitive Version consists of the bottom sport and each Age of Empires enlargement to this point for $19.99 – that is over 20 years of content material. Which means you get 35 civilizations in whole, equating to over 200 hours of content material.
All that content material is on prime of the 4K Extremely HD graphics, a brand new and totally remastered soundtrack, and The Final Khans enlargement – which options three new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.
Agelessness of historical past
It is also value noting that Forgotten Empires has launched a number of quality-of-life options for the upcoming remastering similar to lowering ready occasions by having the ability to multitask or auto-farming, amongst different issues. These up to date options intention to gameplay smoother for longtime followers and newbies alike.
Encouraging new gamers to get right into a sequence that is over 20 years outdated generally is a problem and the builders are below no phantasm in any other case.
“It may be intimidating,” the sport’s government producer, Earnest Yuen, defined to us at E3 2019. “Along with the unique William Wallace Marketing campaign, which is the tutorial, we’re including problem tutorials that can deliver you all the way in which from ‘easy methods to hunt a boar with out killing your self to ‘that is the way you construct a fort as quick as attainable.”
However how has Age of Empires managed to maintain such a loyal fanbase whereas attractive new gamers?
“I feel historical past is timeless – everyone has historical past,” Yuen says. “I feel it is also as a result of we help our mods. The sport is shipped with an editor and you’ll create your personal campaigns and tales. It is also due to the multiplayer – it is tremendous vital. We have seen how individuals play with pals and get extra pals to start out taking part in.
“Historical past, multiplayer and mods: these are the three pillars we need to hold as we go ahead to totally different variations of Age of Empires.”
UK and Australian costs haven’t but been confirmed, however Forgotten Empires has advised us that those that personal the HD model of Age of Empires II will get $5 off within the US – making the sport solely $14.99.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Version will launch “Fall 2019” – i.e. someday in between September and November – on Steam and the Home windows 10 Retailer. You’ll be able to join now for the closed beta check through the Age of Empires web site.
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