Age of Empires IV Officially Announced

Announced Age of Empires IV

Publisher Microsoft and developer Relic Entertainment have announced Age of Empires IV

The game is being developed by Relic Entertainment, the folks known for the Dawn of War series, Company of Heroes, and more.

Now that Microsoft announced Age of Empires IV, It’s worth pointing out that Age of Empires IV is entirely separate from Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a high-definition remaster of the classic strategy game – you can read more about that here.

Featured below, you can view the game’s announcement trailer.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

One of the best-selling real-time strategy games returns to glory with Age of Empires IV, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the modern world.


To start their empires, players will need to explore the world around them to locate essential resources. Using these resources, they’ll construct buildings, produce units, and build their economies — all the while fighting off a barrage of enemy raids and attacks. Guide your empire through the ages, and when the time is right, strike your enemies with the full force of your empire, claiming victory!

Message from developer Relic Entertainment

1997 gave us two things that shaped who we are today: the start of Relic Entertainment; and a then-newly released game called Age of Empires. It’s no secret that we’re the biggest fans of RTS games and, over the years, we’ve spent countless hours building empires and taking to battle.

We wonder what our team would have said way back then, if someone told us that Relic would eventually partner with Microsoft Studios to make the next game in that legendary series. Something tells us we might have been just determined enough to think, “yeah, of course we will!”

Now that the dream has become a reality with the announcement of Age of Empires IV, we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the legacy. We can’t wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community.

We look forward to sharing with you more details in the months to come. For now, just know we are beyond excited to be working on the next entry into the legendary franchise.

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  1. Mea K
    Mea K
    August 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I’m surprised Relic even survived the Dawn of War 3 disaster.

    I have some concerns about them making a ‘streamlined’, ‘modern’ Age of Empires with reduced base building and moba elements.

    August 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Sad will be exclusive to the Windows store.

  3. Nagato
    August 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    We’ll see: it stands to reason that Relic/Sega would want their project to sell as many copies as possible.

    Like Remedy with Quantum Break, smaller studios with Ori and Cuphead, etc.

  4. Yans
    August 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    It will make it’s way on Steam eventualy

  5. Heresy Hammer
    Heresy Hammer
    August 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Idk, I think the charm from the first and second game and age of mythology just cant be recaptured.

  6. StrangeBrew
    August 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I want to believe, i have alot of nostalgia tied to AoE1 and 2.
    But Relic and microsoft? Both usually fucking it up, i’m worried.

    We’ll see wether they stick to more traditional RTS, or they just shit it up with trying to modernize bullshit with moba elements or whatever.

  7. Acti
    August 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I’m sure they’ve learned from the mistake that MOBA/RTS was. They are a goods devs that feel for the moba meme.

  8. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    August 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Can’t wait for the inevitable disappointment.

    August 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    i hope so.

  10. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    August 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I can’t think of any Windows Store exclusives that stayed that way.

  11. Madbrainbox
    August 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Relic.I really hope they listen this time.These are gigantic shoes they need to fill.

    August 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Gear of war 4 forza horizon 3

  13. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    August 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Yay. Age of Kangz 4, now with a modern common core design, only available on the OS everyone hates.

  14. Bitterbear
    August 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Windows 10 store only.

  15. Neojames82
    August 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I’m wondering if that was because of Sega fucking things up with Relic. But I agree, DoW III is probably a big bomb for Relic, seeing as I got a DoW III 50% coupon in my Steam inventory. Shame because the original DoW and CoH are really great games but after those two they’ve seem to have gone down hill.

  16. Neojames82
    August 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I hope that’s the case because boy was DoW III a rotten turd.

  17. AnarKreig
    August 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    It’s Windows 10 -and- Windows Store exclusive.
    Talk about DoA.

  18. PChandler
    August 22, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Killer Instinct.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Killer Instinct goes to the steam.

  20. catazxy
    August 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I still want to believe there is some hope, but the writing is on the wall….

  21. VersVlees
    August 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Well if Relic thinks “modern RTS” Age of Empires should be more like Starcraft 2 because that worked so well with DOW III. (Coz muh E-sports) I would not be surprised if DLC and micro transactions will be a thing due to being a “modern” game.

    Also lol Windows Store only. It is so strange having “real” PC games in the store next to smartphone low tier trash.