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Age of Empires IV – Now Available on Xbox Consoles 

Maja Hjortkær Persson, Executive Producer, World’s Edge, August 22, 2023

  • Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition is available to play on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Xbox Cloud Gaming with Game Pass or to buy – right now! 
  • Experience a new way to play this beloved title on console, including native controller support and intuitive console-specific tutorials. 
  • Enjoy all content from Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition across four campaigns covering 500 years of human history or pick up and play any of the 10 civilizations in multiplayer or single player matches. 

Starting today, players can enjoy the award-winning real time strategy game Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One with Xbox Game Pass or purchase. Built from the ground up for Xbox players, Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition includes native inputs for Xbox controller, a console-specific user interface, and an intuitive new tutorial designed to help onboard new players.  

Everything Age fans know and love about Age of Empires IV is included: players can build cities, manage resources, and lead their troops to battle on land and at sea. All of this can be played out across four distinct campaigns with 35 missions spanning 500 years of history – from the Dark Ages up to the Renaissance – all from the comfort of your living room. Skirmish and Multiplayer features a selection of 10 diverse civilizations across the world: from the English to the Chinese to the Malians – the choice in your quest for victory is truly yours.  

The Rise of a King

Jump into the action with an immersive onboarding experience created specifically for Age of Empires IV on Xbox. The Rise of a King is a narrative-driven experience that takes place over a 20-year period leading up to the Battle of Hastings, where the game’s main campaign starts.  

Players who are interested in getting started with Age of Empires IV on Xbox can also take a look at the official “Learn to Play” series for an overview of the basics!  

Console Friendly User Interface (UI)

The UI for Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition on console has had a complete overhaul. This native Xbox experience means gameplay is comfortable, intuitive and doesn’t overwhelm players with input complexity. 

Villager Priority System 

Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition on console features the Villager Priority System – a brand new system that allows for accelerated play thanks to villager automation. Using a variety of predefined presets and custom settings, players can assign all their villagers to focus on various areas of resource gathering with just a button press.  

Site Menu System 

The Site Menu System streamlines build options based on what the player has selected. Simply put, players can select a specific resource (such as Berries) and the Site Menu System will provide the appropriate building options (in this case, a Mill!). From there, a villager will be automatically assigned to finish the action.   

Accessibility Options  

Featuring a host of accessibility options, Age of Empires IV strives to be an inviting and immersive experience for all players. Some high-level settings include:  

  • Adjustable difficulty, including Story Mode 
  • Pick up and play with a controller, or easily plug in a mouse and keyboard instead  
  • In-game narration 
  • High contrast mode 

Play With Your Friends 

Players old and new can jump online to compete, cooperate, or spectate with up to 7 friends in PVP and PVE multiplayer modes on Xbox One Series X I S and up to 3 friends on Xbox One*.   

We’re excited to welcome even more players to the world of Age of Empires IV. See you on the battlefield! 

*Online console multiplayer requires Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold, subscriptions sold separately. 

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