Age of Empires 4 – announced over three years ago – is still in the works, and progress is being made, Microsoft has said.
At XO19 in November 2019, Microsoft showed an excerpt of Age of Empires 4 in action (check out the video below), but we haven’t heard a glimpse of it since then.
In a blog post summarizing what’s happening with the Age of Empires series, Shannon Loftis, studio manager for World’s Edge, said: “We are making great strides on Age of Empires 4.”
“I do not want to make you jealous, but we literally play this game every single day ̵
RTS development is fun: it takes some time to build the separate systems (AI, finance, sim, rendering, etc.), and then it takes some time for them to come together. But when they do, you suddenly have a game – a game that needs troubleshooting and balancing and polishing – but the core of the game that you know you are going to send. And the best part is that it feels like an Age of Empires game. “
Age of Empires 4 was announced in August 2017, with Company of Heroes and Dawn of War developer Relic at the helm. World’s Edge is a Microsoft-owned studio that manages the Age of Empires series, as opposed to managing development.
“Our Relic partners have been incredible backers as we all migrated development from office to home, modifying (through trial and error) our processes to ease productivity to keep the game on track,” said Loftis.
“So much passion, such great developers, artists, designers, narrators, sound experts and community – not to mention the backbones that keep the company going.”
Loftis stopped shortly after revealing a release window for Age of Empires 4, but the hope is that it will come out at some point in 2021.
These are busy times in the world of Age of Empires. Microsoft released Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition in October 2020, and Lords of the West DLC for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is expected soon.