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Age of Empires on Xbox: Microsoft Brings AoE 2 & 4 to Console

Wololo! Do you remember the popular monk sound from Age of Empires 2? Soon it can be heard from the couch.

Finally, we will be able to enjoy Microsoft’s RTS legends on Console. Microsoft has heard our prayers and will release Age of Empires 2 & Age of Empires 4 on Xbox.

In a Livestream celebrating the 25th anniversary of the popular RTS series, Microsoft officially announced that Age of Empires 2 and 4 will be available for Xbox next year. They also revealed to work on an Age of Mythology Definitive Edition for PC.


After a console entry in the PEGI rating database, rumors were already circulating that Microsoft was working on an Xbox version of its RTS classic. This has now been officially confirmed: Age of Empires 2 and 4 will be released for Xbox and xCloud in 2023, so the prayers of Xbox owners have not gone unheard. In a blog post yesterday, Emma Bridle, Director of Customer Voice at World’s Edge, wrote:

Our team has been listening to you when you’ve been asking us to bring these globally beloved RTS titles to Xbox.

It should be available as early as next year. Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is scheduled to be out for Xbox in its latest version, including all updates and DLC, starting January 31. Later in the year, Age of Empires 4 is then going to be also available for Xbox (an exact date for this title has not yet been announced).

In Age of Empires on Xbox, you'll lead many units into battle and build a large base with a lot of buildings, as illustrated in this screenshot from Age of Empires 2. You'll soon also be able to play Age of Empires 4 on Xbox.
Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition Gameplay (Source: Microsoft)


Age of Empires on Xbox is going to be cozy

The RTS series will be especially user-friendly for Xbox. For this purpose, Emma Bridle explained in her post further:

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 tutorial is planned, which will provide users with an especially comfortable gameplay experience. Next to this, there will be a helpful game AI, which should facilitate and improve the management of resources. Nonetheless, the titles on Xbox will still have support for mouse and keyboard and will include Crossplay between PC, Xbox, and cloud gaming.


Age of Mythology also gets a Remake

Fans of the mystical but equally celebrated spin-off Age of Mythology can also rejoice. This title is getting a remake from Microsoft too.

In this screenshot from Age of Mythology, you'll lead mystical units into battle and can play as Vikings, for example.
Age of Mythology (Source: Microsoft)


The so-called “Age of Mythology Retold” will provide updated gameplay and optimized graphics to the popular strategy game. Unfortunately, there are no gameplay scenes yet, but you can already watch an announcement trailer:


What to play to bridge the waiting time for Age of Empires on Xbox

Right after the announcement of Anno 1800 for Console even more strategy classics hit the couch. To bridge the waiting time, how about checking the Best RTS Games?

If you prefer to jump right into the turmoil and be in the thick of it, check out our list of the 10 Best Free FPS Games 2022.

Or do you want to get in the Halloween mood? Then feel free to see our selected Games like Dark Souls, Indie Horror Games, and Free Horror Games, or check out a very special recommendation from us: The P.T. video game, a single-player game-teaser, which was originally promoting a Silent Hill title. In our opinion a very scary piece of horror!

Which was your favorite race in the RTS classics and why? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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