Age of Empires IV gameplay trailer X019 Microsoft

The first gameplay footage of Age of Empires IV was revealed today at Microsoft’s X019 event in London.

The new pre-alpha footage depicts some classic-looking Age of Empires gameplay. This installment of the series will have a medieval setting, roughly similar to that of Age of Empires II, and earlier than the colonial setting of Age of Empires III.

The new footage takes place primarily within a walled English city, with pike-wielding infantry marching out the gates to meet an approaching opponent. That opponent turns out to be the horse-riding Mongolians, who assault the city’s walls with trebuchets.

Age of Empires IV was first announced at Gamescom 2017. The game is being developed by Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment, who previously developed the Company of Heroes games and several Warhammer 40,000 titles. It was also announced at the event that a new studio is being established to focus purely on the Age of Empires series called World’s Edge.

The last main entry in the Age of Empires series was 2005’s Age of Empires III. Since then, the series has mostly seen expansions, re-releases, and spin-offs. The most recent of these is Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which comes out today.

Age of Empires IV does not yet have a release window. It will come to PC and Xbox.

Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee is a writer, illustrator, photographer, designer, and serial arsonist from Toronto. He has written for The AV Club, and for his personal website, About Face.

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