It’s only been two months since we visited E3 2019, where we shared our first demo of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and kicked off the official closed beta with the community. This past week, the team was back on the road—this time in Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2019—where we got to hang out with our fans, announce the official arrival of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on Steam, and reveal the release date for the highly anticipated Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition!

In case you missed any of it, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about our week at gamescom right here. So, without further ado, ENJOY!


Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Perhaps the biggest news came before gamescom even began! During the official Xbox Insider livestream, we announced the official release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition—which will be arriving on the  his coming November 14, 2019! This was confirmed in an Xbox Wire article shared later that day:

This kicked off a series of articles and interviews throughout gamescom: including chats with Forgotten Empires co-founder, Bert Beeckman, Microsoft Creative Director, Adam Isgreen, and hands-on demos with the game. You can check them out here:

Pre-orders are open now, so be sure to visit the Microsoft Store and/or Steam pages to reserve your copy today:


Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

While Age of Empires II stole the stage, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition stole our hearts! Gamescom seemed like the perfect moment to slip in a surprise release of the RTS classic, which landed on Steam and in the library of Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) members on Monday.

Along with the new release, AoE: DE now supports cross-network play between the Microsoft Store and Steam—though existing owners will need to re-download the app to enjoy all the latest features of the game. If you’re having trouble upgrading to the latest  , you can learn more and ask questions over on the official forum:

If you don’t own Age of Empires: Definitive Edition yet, you can also pick it up on your platform of choice starting today:


More Age News

Finally, we’ve been giving away game keys left and right on the official Age of Empires Discord and social channels! If you’re not following us, be sure to join us and drop in for a chance to win a copy of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition or Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition as we continue to share our excitement for all our favorite games!

Thanks for making gamescom an incredible experience! We’ll see you at XO19!