Wololo! Today marks another milestone in the journey of the Age of Empires franchise at X019 in London.

Earlier this year, we announced that Age of Empires now has a dedicated studio as part of the Xbox Game Studios family. Today, we unveiled that our studio, led by Shannon Loftis, is named World’s Edge. Spanning multiple disciplines, our team of seasoned game developers is directing, guiding, innovating and caring for the legacy of Age of Empires. Working alongside development partners, we’re breathing new life into our previous titles with Definitive Editions like Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition launching today, as well as working on Age’s next chapter, Age of Empires IV.

We know that our community has been eager to learn more about Age of Empires IV since we announced it at gamescom in 2017. We’ve been hard at work on the game and we’re excited to share some of it with the world today. As part of Inside Xbox, live from X019 in London, we revealed a first look at the game with an all-new trailer. We hope we’ve given you enough to discuss and theorize! As the footage said, we’re pre-Alpha. So while we’ve come a long way, we will continue to put in our best work to ensure it lives up to the Age of Empires name.

As I mentioned, today isn’t just about World’s Edge and Age of Empires IV – it’s also the launch day for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! This truly is the definitive version of the game, bringing back everything that made the original game so special and wrapping it in a modern package that looks and sounds like it belongs in 2019. We’ve listened to the community to learn what they loved most about the game and where we could improve the experience, and have also added brand new content in the form of “The Last Khans” to delight both existing and new players.

Launch day is just the beginning. There will be ongoing support for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and we’ll be focused on providing continuous value and a great experience for our community. This includes quality of life and balance improvements, new game modes, new missions, advanced tutorials to sharpen your skills and even more that we’re not ready to share just yet. We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who took part in our closed beta and worked with us over the last few months.

There’s never been a better time to be an Age of Empires Insider. If you have yet to join our program, head to ageofempires.com to sign up and catch up on our latest news, post in our forums and find links to all our social media accounts. We’re committed to listening to our community, so make sure you’re part of the conversation!

Thank you to every one of you who’s loved, played and discussed Age of Empires in its journey so far. We’re looking forward to strengthening the relationship between Age developers and our players. The team and I are thrilled about our future, together.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is available now on Windows 10, with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta), and Steam. Time to ready up!

Discuss of 18 comments

  • leinad January 18, 2021
    when will we have Age of mythology definitive edition? and of course implement chinese civ correctly (tales of the dragon currently it shows that it was done without interest and the DLC was made copying and pasting effortlessly) ;)
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  • crucialcafe7129 December 9, 2019

    Just shared this with all of friends in Discord - hyped!

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  • mehkind November 15, 2019

    YAY!!

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  • esonic5 November 15, 2019

    No mention of Relic. Is Relic not developing the game anymore then?

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    • max8987 November 15, 2019

      Pre-alpha trailer has Relic branding on it.

  • jorgee30123 November 15, 2019

    I would just love to play my age of empires with classical units, romans, greeks, egyptians and such in this kind of quality because this trailer looks amazing.

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  • jorgee30123 November 15, 2019

    so no classical era units? :( no Greek hoplite army? just age 2 ? :( or will it include all eras? :o and i can set the time on custom games? aaah there's just so many questions but i doubt the classical era will be back again since i guess not many liked age 1 definitive...

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    • crinosk November 16, 2019

      Well Age 2 was the best one so they are starting from that, they already set the time, it would be medieval but somewhere i read that it would be medieval to renaissance.

  • normchanger November 15, 2019

    Thank you Microsoft!

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  • chritho November 15, 2019

    Please don't! Do not try to reinvent the wheel! AoE fans want a step forward not a step aside. Please change it while you can.

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    • crinosk November 16, 2019

      But, i dont understand why you say that?, I mean it seems they are going forward and not aside.

  • lycan04 November 15, 2019

    Really enjoyed the new trailer of Age of empires IV, brought me back to my days as a little kid playing Age of Empires on my first pc. What was complete unclear to me though was if this is going to be released on Xbox one (or scarlet)? Hopefully someone can give us some clarification on that one.

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  • bladersoul9375 November 15, 2019

    'Ensemble Empires Production' is meant to be a production company that combines the brilliant kingdom of all the civilizations of the earth with a single empire.

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  • bladersoul9375 November 15, 2019

    I'd rather have a studio called Ensemble Empires Production.

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  • bladersoul9375 November 15, 2019

    As a Korean enthusiast, it is questionable whether the official name of Age of Empire Studio will be called World's Edge.

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  • 795dd5f39e33cc33f478dea267c6b0f2dfa43457aa1f98890b November 15, 2019

    Why you don't even mention AoE 1 DE anymore? Did you cease to update it?

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    • 26042ff67259e5bff8405783b670e964de7276e81bc0dba55f November 15, 2019

      I agree. We need some important updates in aoe 1 DE.

  • a307165a0f9fc4078bd7d1996292f939e11f7ec5bc9df5617f November 15, 2019

    Almost perfect graphics, it still has some sort of cartoon-ishness but WAY much better than AOE Online... Devs, do NOT forget that your audience is mostly mature (old farts in other words) and thus don't make it childish with a shallow gameplay, something between AOE2 and TOTAL WAR MEDIEVAL 2 in scope would be a pretty sweet spot IMO.

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    • crinosk November 16, 2019

      Yeah I saw it too, some cartoonish graphics, but i guess its maybe something about optimization because it seems we will have a lot of units at screen, besides its pre-alpha.

  • 59ddb59ae1df0b678900a08dd16ff289769b4bcbaed3765a12 November 15, 2019

    Just ignore the comment below! I loved the massive unit feel and love the Gameplay trailer! Already want another one! Thank you Relic!

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  • cagiernebula24 November 14, 2019

    So Age of Empires IV is Cossacks 4? With a crazy and uncontrollable number of units on the screen?

    Too. Many. Units. I want to play an Age game, not Total War.

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    • crinosk November 16, 2019

      Let me guess, you only played AOE III, right?

    • crinosk November 16, 2019

      Let me guess, you played AOE III, right?

    • a307165a0f9fc4078bd7d1996292f939e11f7ec5bc9df5617f November 15, 2019

      Well... great NEWS! There is AOE2 DE especially for you!

  • 2392efdb51d78d793d8c27acc5019795b4d8dd12ff4b40e885 November 14, 2019

    Where Can I pre-order? Been waiting for this game for far too long! Can't wait to know more

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  • 643a02bd146c58f58cbf3b509349ef9a93665b9e8fe8767810 November 14, 2019

    Really liking what I'm seeing in that teaser! I'm also hoping for some AoE III Definitive news soon, but right now what's most important is keeping II DE up to date. Good luck with maintaining all of these games!

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