Since Age of Empires 4 was announced back in 2017, it seems fair to say that news about the game’s progress has been quite sporadic. It’s possible it may start to change in 2021, but after a promising update from the end of the year from the world’s Edge studio head, Shannon Loftis, about the game’s progress.
In a blog post on the official Age of Empires website, Loftis revealed that the development team at Relic is making “great progress” on the game, adding that “we literally play this game every single day – both in Washington and in Vancouver.”
Loftis went on to explain that “RTS development is fun: it takes some time to build the separate systems (AI, finance, sim, rendering, etc.), and then it takes some time before they come together.”
Before this glimmer of hope, the last thing we really saw from Age of Empires 4 in November 2019 was when Microsoft unveiled a game trailer as part of the XO19, as you can see below.
Keeps on track
In the blog post, Loftis also mentioned the change to work from home that was necessary from the pandemic, which has caused problems for studios around the world. However, it seems that the Age of Empires 4 team has managed to stay on track.
According to Loftis, the Age of Empires team has “modified (through trial and error) our processes to help facilitate productivity to keep the game on track. So much passion, such great developers, artists, designers, narrators, sound experts and community – not to mention the backbone features that keep the company going. ”
Although we still do not have a release window for Age of Empires 4, it’s good to know that the game is coming together well. We can only hope that 2021 will bring more frequent updates and perhaps the fixed release date we all hope for.
If you’ve hungry for more Age of Empires experiences, it’s worth remembering that Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition was released in 2020 while a brand new DLC for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC, Microsoft Store and Steam later this month.