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Age of Empires 25th Anniversary Broadcast – the Rundown

It’s a great honor to work on Age of Empires, which is beloved by so many players all over the world. We know how much the games mean to you and we are so proud to be able to work with you to take this franchise forward. We’re constantly listening to your feedback and working hard to grow the games in the way you want. Our players are part of the development team and have been the beating heart of Age of Empires for 25 years.

Raise a glass to yourselves, to empires built, to castles fallen and to the many Wololos. We hope you enjoy the celebrations.
Start the game already!

Michael Mann, Studio Head at World’s Edge

A quarter of a century is a long time and a milestone worth celebrating! Thank you for joining us today for our Anniversary Broadcast, celebrating 25 years of strategy, history and – most importantly – you, our players. We’ve taken time to look back at what’s made this first chapter in Age of Empires‘ history great, as well as showed some sneak peeks of our future. Whether you want to relive everything we shared, or see what you missed, here’s our rundown of the show.

Pull Out Your Controllers – Age of Empires is Coming to Xbox Consoles

We’re ageing up and heading into the console age. Age of Empires is coming to Xbox consoles in 2023! Our team has been listening to you when you’ve been asking us to bring these globally beloved RTS games to Xbox and we’ll be doing that next year. After launching and evolving these games, the time is right to bring them to both existing fans and new players on Xbox.  2023 will have two console launches to look forward to: Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition arrives on Xbox on January 31st 2023, with Age of Empires IV coming to consoles later in the year.

Age of Empires – A Franchise History

Age of Empires games tell stories of human history. So with 25 years under our belt, we wanted to tell the story of our history. Join our warrior by the fireside as he takes a look at the games, cheats, campaigns, moments and victories that have formed this era for Age of Empires.

Wait, Did You Say Myth?

Gods will return. Heroes will rise. Legends will battle. Age of Mythology Retold is in production! We know that the Age of Mythology community has been waiting hopefully for a Definitive Edition, and we’ll be delivering. We’re working hard to bring you the glory of the original game with updated graphics, features and more. Stay tuned for more news.

Age of Empires is Heading to Mobile!

We shared a teaser trailer for a whole new way to play Age of Empires as it heads to mobile. This uniquely designed, visually stunning game will allow you to build your empire on the go. If the teaser has you excited, there’ll be more to share in the not too distant future. So stay tuned….

Age of Empires IV Anniversary Edition

Celebrating its first year of delighting millions of global players, the award-winning and best-selling strategy franchise continues with Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition, putting you at the center of even more epic historical battles that shaped the world.

The Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition and the Season Three: Anniversary Update are here and we’re excited to celebrate with you! With the update comes new civilizations, challenges, achievements, features and more. Whether you’re interested in creating new strategies with the Malians and Ottomans, building your skillset with challenges, competing in 1v1 Solo Ranked or competing with friends in the all-new Team Ranked, or earning a set of Age-themed rewards, there’s something for every play-style coming your way with the Season Three: Anniversary.   

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Getting Return of Rome DLC

We announced an upcoming Age of Empires II: Definitive DLC, Return of Rome. Thinking the key art looks familiar? You’d be right! We’re adding Age of Empires: Definitive Edition content, playable in the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition client! We’ll be sharing more details in the not too distant future so stay tuned for more information.

Three Games, Three Events, and One Giant Anniversary Celebration!

The giant celebration for the Age of Empires Anniversary extravaganza is underway! Here’s your connection to all the in-game events with unique challenges and rewards starting TODAYOctober 25th. Don’t miss out on all the fun in Age of Empires IVAge of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition with celebratory cakes, castles, capybaras, and more!

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Releases a Huge Update PLUS Cosmetic Packs!

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition recently had some exciting news! First, a giant update happened with some awesome new features, maps and more. Plus, fans now have the opportunity to access some new and unique cosmetic packs to enhance the in-game experience. These packs cover previously-released and brand-new heroes from across all of the civilizations in the game. Don’t forget to check it out!

Still Not Enough Age?

While you can always log into an Age of Empires game and participate in anniversary fun, we also have some friends who are pretty big fans of Age too!

In honor of Age of Empires‘ 25th birthday, the AoE II Ninja hoodie has been unlocked for everyone!

Log in to State of Decay 2 anytime before November 7th and snag a cool hoodie just in time for the party!

Plus, play Forza and download the Age of Empires custom livery for the Ford Ranger Raptor with the special code: 726 949 524!

Get Your Age Merch!

We’re very excited to also introduce the Age of Empires Insert Coin merch! From sheep pj’s, to an idle villager mug, to a wololo hoodie, you can find some pretty awesome stuff to complete your collection!

Want one of those gold 25th Anniversary t-shirts? Or maybe a deck of Age of Empires playing cards? Well, we’ve got you covered with a whole slew of new Age Anniversary swag available in the Xbox Gear Shop! Check out our new 25th anniversary items.

Become an Age Insider!

Insiders unlock access to exclusive news, updates, and opportunities to provide feedback about future releases. Here are some of the perks:

  • Access to private forums where you can interact with Age developers
  • The chance to join exclusive beta opportunities through Steam and the Windows Store
  • Channels to provide feedback and inspire quality changes in your favorite Age titles