Considered one of our favourite technique video games shall be making a triumphant return later this yr in Age of Empires II: Definitive Version on Home windows 10 and Steam (with cross-play assist) and with Xbox Sport Go on PC. Having acquired an HD therapy in 2013, which helped reinvigorate curiosity within the franchise, AoE II: DE will actually ship the be-all, end-all model of this traditional real-time technique sport, bringing with it trendy high quality of life enhancements, a brand new marketing campaign, and brand-new graphics that assist as much as 4K decision.
Particular for E3 this yr, the hands-on demo showcased a mixture of the exhausting work the crew has put into modernizing this masterpiece and making it extremely aggressive in a novel, initially created point-based map. On this demo, gamers have 15 minutes to collect their forces and declare the city facilities of every opposing power on the map, increase a rating for defeating items and destroying the sacking cities.
You begin off with a totally functioning metropolis with villagers already exhausting at work mining for gold and stone and farming for meals. You even have a wholesome assortment of knights, archers, a few trebuchets, and a commander to assist lead them in taking the primary enemy metropolis. I used to be just a little rusty at first, however all of the unit management began to come back again to me. Grouping items, queuing up siege tools, and navigating my rising military throughout the map. All of it felt very acquainted and all the pieces was the place it must be (no dramatic adjustments to the UI to report).
Quickly the cities started to crumble earlier than me as I continued to advance, hanging down their infantry and utilizing my siege tools to destroy their buildings. Within the demo, most of the sport’s civilizations are featured, just like the Byzantines and the Japanese, the latter of which did an incredible job of chopping my advancing military right into a pile of scraps and thus ending my transient conquest at E3 (I obtained 9,438 factors; come at me).
By means of all of it the brand new graphics had been extremely spectacular to see in movement – it actually appears to be like like a brand new sport in lots of respects, to how the items look and transfer and the prime quality of the constructions and shadows. It’s clear an amazing quantity of labor has been put in to carry this sport again to trendy gaming PCs of as we speak.
Even when you can’t make it all the way down to E3 this yr, you should have an opportunity to begin taking part in with the closed beta for Age of Empires II: Definitive Version quickly — sign-ups can be found now and the beta shall be out there later this yr. The closed beta will embody totally different multiplayer eventualities that may change because the beta progresses. The objective is to launch the closed beta quickly, serving to to make sure that the sport is as balanced as attainable, giving the most effective model of the sport to gamers.
Not solely will Age of Empires II: Definitive Version launch with all beforehand included expansions, however will embody new content material known as The Final Khans, which can embody three new campaigns and 4 new civilizations: Bulgarians, Cumans, Lithuanians, and Tatars bringing the full variety of civilizations within the sport to 35.
For the extra aggressive gamers on the market, new spectator and event options shall be coming to AoE II: DE as nicely, permitting for real-time viewing and for switching between every participant’s view, letting you sweep up on a few of your construct ways.
We’ll have extra to share about Age of Empires II: Definitive Version quickly. For now, preserve it tuned right here to Xbox Wire for all the newest Xbox and PC gaming information from E3 2019.
Join the Age of Empires II: Definitive Version beta right here.