Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is now available! Round out your definitive collection today!

Today’s the day! Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is available worldwide with Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Windows 10, and Steam!

I’m still amazed that it’s been only three years since we announced the first Definitive Edition of Age of Empires at E3 2017. In that time, and with each release of one of the mainline Age of Empires games in definitive form, we’ve grown our studio partners, evolved our development, and always tried to put you—our players—at the forefront of the work we put in to preserving these fantastic games for years and years to come. Thank you for coming on this journey with us and being passionate fans of the games and the history surrounding each one.

Age of Empires III was a fascinating game to crack open and improve: as among RTS games, it is unique in its focus and gameplay, exploring concepts and meta that many other RTS games never did—including the other Age games before it. It was a unique undertaking: not only technically, but in ensuring that we could retain the special magic that makes Age III what it is.

This is a game that’s been improved with the Age community in mind. When we started the project, the first thing we did was reach out to the Age III community and ask, “what do you want in Age III: DE and what makes it so special to you?” They generated quite a list of items they’d love to see: from must-haves to wild hopes and dreams for the title…

…I’m happy to say we incorporated every key request into the game… and then went even further!

Here’s just some of the great work the team has done:

  • 4K graphics with ultrawide support
  • New, LIVE multiplayer backend and matchmaking
  • Completely rebuilt assets (every tree, terrain piece, building, and unit)
  • Enhanced audio and musical score, re-recorded character audio for campaigns
  • Recreated every cinematic in all campaigns from scratch
  • Many AI improvements including a brand-new “Extreme” AI difficulty
  • Accelerated deck building and prebuilt decks
  • Editor and campaign tool improvements
  • Rebuilt UI with both classic and modernized views
  • Camera zoom capabilities
  • A host of user-controlled game and command options to blend from “classic” to “modernized” in any way you’d like!

And even then, we didn’t stop with the updates. Two new civilizations join the 14 already available: The Incas and The Swedes. The Incas are a classically Age II-like, defensive civilization that can build large defendable cities, while the Swedes offer clever gunpowder units and can command a large number of mercenaries through their approach to combat. Both of these civilizations offer new ways to play that we’re sure will delight existing fans and new ones to the game.

And nope, that isn’t all we’ve done! We’ve added The Art of War to Age III: DE! Introduced in Age II: DE, we felt the popularity of the mode made it worth including in all Age games from this point forward. This mode not only teaches the unique nuances that set Age III apart from the other Age games, but also offers a great on-ramp for anyone looking to sharpen their skills for both the campaigns and multiplayer play in general. Additionally, a Historical Battles section is now in Age III: DE: allowing the player to play through select historical engagement challenges from the time period. These scenarios are a great compliment to the Story Mode campaigns, so you can get high-adventure fiction through them or dive into events of historical importance—whatever you’d like!

At World’s Edge, we take cultural representation very seriously, and we’re always striving to be better historians in how we depict and represent civilizations from around the world. For Age III: DE, we’ve made some significant changes to the Native American civilizations so we could more confidently include them. You can read more about the work we did for accurate representation here.

We’re on a journey with you—our players—through this wonderful series, and the launch of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is only the start of our conversation. You can look forward to ongoing support and updates for Age III: DE into the future.

If you’ve stuck with me this long, hang on just a bit longer: because we need your help! One of the major ways that we’ve grown and developed our Definitive Editions of Age of Empires is by interacting directly with our players and fans via our Age Insider Program. You can sign up for it right here for an opportunity to help us test and hone new content for the DE games…as well as brand-new games in the future. Your feedback is so important to a game with a global audience like Age of Empires has; help us make it great for fans worldwide!

Looking back, we’re now at a point that the three mainline Age of Empires games are now in definitive form. We want to thank everyone that’s come along with us on this journey to make the best editions of this classic series that we could possibly build! We love these games and what they represent for not just gamers, but generations of players at this point. We hope everyone finds something to love within the Age of Empires franchise, and look forward to keeping it going with content that players—new and returning, young and old—can enjoy.

—Written by Adam Isgreen, Studio Creative Director, World’s Edge

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  • onetimebog77223 October 17, 2020
    Where autosave?
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  • unawarejoker292 October 15, 2020
    I need help installing on my xbox one it won't work help plz
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  • starkenberg October 15, 2020
    Why can't I invite my friend to a casual game? We can't even find eachother in browser and there's no button to invite him.
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    • tempires October 15, 2020
      You can search by player or by game id. also there is friends tab on top right

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