Publisher Xbox Game Studios and developer World’s Edge will release Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition for Xbox Series and Xbox One on January 31, 2023, followed by Age of Empires IV later in 2023, the companies announced. Both games will also be available via Xbox Game Pass.
“We knew that bringing the complexity of real-time strategy game to Xbox consoles was a massive task, nd one we had to approach carefully and thoughtfully,” said World’s Edge director of customer voice Emm Bridle on Xbox Wire. “The team has been working hard to bring an experience that not only feels great using a controller, but also teaches players how to play on Xbox. A new tutorial designed specifically for controller input paired with a new user experience for console will help players get started. We’ve also added a new game AI which helps make resource management in a strategy game efficient and intuitive.
“We’re so excited to bring one of the best and most beloved real-time strategy games of all time to Xbox. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has been growing since its release in 2019. After almost 40 updates, three downloadable content additions bringing new civilizations and campaigns, and a constant stream of improvements, the game is the best it’s ever been. Players can enjoy 83 maps, 42 multiplayer civilizations, 34 single-player campaigns, 10 multiplayer modes, and seven co-op campaigns. And now, Xbox players will be able to enjoy all this phenomenal game has to offer!”
The Xbox versions of both games will also support mouse and keyboard play, optional cross-play, and Xbox Cloud Gaming play.
Watch a new trailer below.