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Season Two: Map Monsters – Now Live!

statue featuring a kraken wrapped around a ship

The Age of Empires IV Season Two Update has landed, bringing with it exciting new content, additional ways to customize your gameplay, a plethora of features, and so much more!

It all starts today July 12th, and runs through October 24th, 2022.

Keep reading for more details on what’s coming your way, including Seasonal Events, Ranked Seasons, Update Notes, and more.

Season Two Events: Map Monsters

Join us for our second round of seasonal content in Age of Empires IV with Season Two: Map Monsters! Take part in exciting new challenges and unlock exclusive rewards! The first round kicks off today, July 12th and runs for two weeks.

Title Details Rewards Image
Protection from the Sky Kill 10 units with Outposts Crow’s Nest Coat of Arms Sigil
While the crow’s nest served the valuable purpose of land-spotting, it was sometimes used as punishment. The movement of the seas from atop the famed vantage point was strong enough to induce seasickness!

1000 XP 

Get Your Sails On Research the Additional Sails in a Multiplayer match

Sail Banner Shape Sigil Frame
The shape of banner that your Coat of Arms sits upon.

1000 XP

Special Orders Destroy a stone wall with War Elephants as the Delhi Sultanate Naval Seal Portrait
Captain’s orders!

1000 XP 

Loot ‘Em Loot the Routiers’ camp during the France in Chaos mission Hand-hook Coat of Arms Sigil
While these have been commonly associated with pirates, these prosthetics were used by anyone with access to scrap and salvage.

1000 XP 

Aging Up Progress through every Age in a Multiplayer match Scarlet Macaw
Talkative and inquisitive, parrots of many varieties could be staunch companions during long voyages.

1000 XP 

Season Two Events:


July 12 – July 26 


August 9 – August 30 


September 1 – September 22 


October 4 – October 18 

Ranked Season – Starting July 14!

Ranked Seasons make their triumphant return to Age of Empires IV on July 14th, ending alongside Season Two on October 24th, 2022.

Take part in Ranked Matches as you climb your way up through the ranks in search of epic loot and the coveted Conqueror title!

Season Two Update Notes

Our Season Two update introduces key features and quality of life improvements that give you more say in how you play, including more customization options. No matter how you choose to play Age IV, be it single player, campaign, or ranked, we’ve got you covered.

Here are just a few things coming your way in this update:

  • Map Preference System
  • Player Color Picker
  • Remappable Hotkeys
  • Fully Unlocked Campaigns
Download update on the Microsoft Store
Remember that you’ll need to update your game in the Microsoft Store:

  • Open the Microsoft Store.
  • Click the [∙ ∙ ∙ ] symbol next to your profile picture.
  • Select Downloads and updates.
  • Press the Get updates button to automatically detect, download, and install the latest changes to your game!
  • Open the game. The title screen should show you on Build 17718.

If you are unable to launch the game after downloading the update, make sure you add (or re-add) the Age of Empires IV client or folder as an exception to your firewall and antivirus program.

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Download update on Steam
Remember that you’ll need to update your game in Steam:

  • Open Steam.
  • Click on Library to see your games list.
  • Click Downloads at the bottom of the Library window.
  • [If the new build does not download automatically,] click the Download Now button to manually download the new update.
  • Open the game. The title screen should show you on Build 17718.

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Buy Now!

Ready to join all the fun? Age of Empires IV is available NOW from the Microsoft Store and Steam.

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