Age of Empires is a real-time strategy game near and dear to the hearts of many. Age of Empires 3 in particular brought a huge fanbase to the game and captivated audiences for years. Now, the original Age of Empires is getting a new HD remaster to appeal to the modern audience and bring the game back into the forefront of strategy gaming on the PC.
The original Age of Empires was released in 1997, and its graphics left much to be desired. The new Age of Empires Definitive Edition will feature fully modernized visuals and support for 4K resolution. The soundtrack has also been improved and if you can jusge it based on the trailer, it’s going to be fully orchestrated and pretty amazing.
The gameplay has also reportedly been improved and modernized with online multiplayer, but exactly what specific improvements have been made are unclear at this time. It can be assumed that some upgrades and balancing have been done, possibly with the inclusion of some new units. The UI has been modernized as well, along with attack-move, control group, and idle villager options. They have also added a friend system possible with Xbox Live integration, easy to do since Microsoft themselves are releasing this game.
At this time, all we’ve got is an awesome trailer and a call to join the beta. If you’re interested in joining their beta, you can sign up on their website and possibly be selected to enter the first closed beta and get an early look at the remastered strategy game.
Interest in this game seems to be quite high, since as of the time of writing this article their website is down due to a flood of traffic trying to sign up for the beta. It truly shows the special place this series has in many gamers’ hearts, and it’s nice to see the name in the headlines again.