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Wololo, Age gamers!

This is a super-emotional letter for me because I’ve been wanting to write it for nearly 10 years. Like many of you, I loved the original Age of Empires, and as Ensemble drove the Age of Empires games forward, I loved them even more. Matt Booty, Phil Spencer and I have spent a lot of time reminiscing about Age’s past, and plotting the future for this limitless franchise. Working with partners like Relic, Forgotten Empires, and Tantalus, we’ve taken a 2-prong approach to revisiting Age of Empires: Honor the past, and bring the games into the future.

…we’ve taken a 2-prong approach to revisiting Age of Empires: Honor the past, and bring the games into the future.

Today is an important day for us! All of the Age of Empires teams have been working hard toward today, XO – the day we not only launch Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, but we also start the long (very long!) series of reveals about Age of Empires IV. Hope you all enjoyed the show, and that you’re as excited as we are about the future for Age.

In June, we announced that we’ve built a studio dedicated to all things Age. Yesterday, we announced the name: World’s Edge. Why “World’s Edge”? Because we love the fact that Age of Empires is about exploring without limit. Human history has so many stories to tell, RTS gameplay has plenty of depth yet to find, and you – the Age of Empires community – have unending passion for the game.

And so finally it is to you, the Age of Empires gamers, that we extend tremendous gratitude and thanks. You are global, you are vocal, you have dedicated your time and energy and passion to the Age of Empires games, and we’re thrilled to be in the game with you. My friend Adam Isgreen likes to say that Age is Human, Global, Impactful, and Enlightening. These words also describe you! Thank you for your support and your attention.

Hope you all enjoy the relaunch of our greatest legacy game yet, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Hope to see you online, comp-stomping, PVP’ing, and streaming campaigns and mods.


Shannon Loftis
Studio Head, World’s End Edge

By the way, you might have noticed during the XO19 broadcast that our studio name is listed as “World’s End.” I’m so happy to let you know that we’ve pulled back from the brink! Humanity is saved! And the *actual* name for the new studio is “World’s Edge.”

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  • r8z0rwar June 19, 2020

    As someone that's played AOE for over 20 years I recently picked up Cossacks 3, I think they've innovated a few interesting things that would play well in AOE IV. Not producing enough food leading to famine and units dropping dead. There are also mutinies amongst any hired mercenaries when gold gets low. A game called Empires Dawn of the Modern World is a decent game but one of the cool things about it is that you can advance all the way into the 20th century, it would be cool to be able to at least advance to WW1 this time around. I literally built a PC in anticipation of AOE IV, can't wait.

  • a89abedbc1779878ec6dd17efdbc90ce68d52e5a8fef667b23 January 15, 2020

    Clearly this isn't to ALL AoE fans because you would have at least mention how MS screwed us all with AgeOnline. For many of us, we're not about to support anything until you turn those servers back on and allow us to play the game we paid for, only to find out a year later we would never be able to play it again. Isn't there a huge division at MS dedicated to providing online services... AssYour... something like that :) At the very least, acknowledge it and put forth a small effort to make that right. Until then, I could care less what you say or do. I won't pay for another Microsoft game.

    • matm1996 January 25, 2020

      Hello...AgeOnline was revived for a small group of fans,the Proyect Celeste team,two and half years ago,in July 2017...If Microsoft don't want to revive that still play the game searching in the Proyect Celeste Forum with the Proyect Celeste Launcher...They're going to add a Roman civ in the near future...that's all...

  • daruma1984 January 3, 2020

    Fortified Palisades are in the (old) editor. Goths might benefit.

    "Spirit Of the Law" made a video about old ideas that never made it into AoE2. Maybe now it is possible?

    Ships "converting". Ramming.
    A Raider civ.
    (which reminds me, that I only need to make the mod for a prototype Helvetica/Swyzz-civ. I have the ground work done now)

  • daruma1984 January 2, 2020

    Love what you guys have done for us, though I must admit, that changing narrator and a making a new version of the music was NOT appreciated IMO.
    *Sigh* I guess the narrator was unavoidable.

  • grottycircle47 December 29, 2019

    Please let us build bridges and ramps etc. :)

    • ix-th-dragon January 1, 2020

      God damn it +10 to this idea

  • torqueygnu87882 December 29, 2019

    My de keeps crashing every single game i play. I pass the benchmarks and only have small trees mod and grid mod i have uninstalled and reinstalled and checked game files integrity but it just closes without warning how do i fix?

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  • zozyman December 17, 2019

    Will AOE I DE ever work on windows 7? About a year ago now there was a post by developers stating that win7 caused some unexpected crashes and that a patch was being worked on, but the game still dosn't work a year on from then. Or is this just a push to get people to update to win10?

  • primusdedumo December 1, 2019

    I woke up this morning with a message about the new AoE video, and I love the fact that you are keeping it in the true AoE spirit. Games with focus on gameplay, and replayability. Plus its the genre and time period I just love! I look forward to the updates and sharing them with my community!

  • nevesson November 25, 2019

    Congratulations for all the team! Please continue the awesome job!


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