After a largely quiet 2020 for Age of Empires 4, we have received news about the strategy game. The sequel is in a playable state, and is currently undergoing a lot of troubleshooting and adjustment.
“I do not want to make you jealous, but we literally play this game every single day – both in Washington and in Vancouver,” writes Shannon Loftis, general manager of World’s Edge Studio, in a year-end review. 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. But when they do, you suddenly have a game – a game that needs troubleshooting and balance and polishing ̵
The long-awaited next main line Age of Empires was announced back in 2017. In 2019, World’s Edge was unveiled as the studio to handle the future of the medieval games in Microsoft, as Tantalus Media and Forgotten Realms managed the final editions, and this is the most significant news since.
Fans of the series were barely back in 2020, remember, given that Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition was released, and Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition received some significant updates. Shannon mentions that it has not been easy to migrate from office to home in the ongoing pandemic, but says that the game is still on track, but not mention of a launch window.
Here is the game trailer from 2019:
It may not be the release date Age of Empires 4 we hope for, but there is something, and we will keep you informed about the upcoming game as we enter 2021.