After 12 years of dutiful remakes, remasters and rereleases of the wildly popular medieval strategy series by the now defunct Ensemble Studios (RIP), Age of Empires 4 has finally been announced.
The first truly new entry in the series since 2005’s Age of Empires 3, the new fourth installment will be helmed by famed strategy developer Relic Entertainment. The Vancouver-based Relic are real-time strategy veterans, the creators of titles like Homeworld, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Company of Heroes.
The news came during an Age of Empires livestream from Gamescom 2017, now underway in Cologne, Germany.
Beyond the (admittedly very exciting) fact that the game is happening, not much more is known about it. Relic showed no gameplay with the cinematic announce trailer above, and Microsoft have provided no concrete release window for the title.
The previously announced Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, with its 4K remastering of the original game, will ship on October 19, 2017. Microsoft also answered fan queries about future remasters, stating that Definitive Edition remakes of Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 3 are already in the works.