Age Of Empires 2 And 3 Remasters Announced

The second and third installments are also getting definitive editions.

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Microsoft capped off its Age of Empires livestream today with two surprise announcements. In addition to a brand-new installment in the beloved RTS series, the publisher revealed that "definitive" versions of Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III are also on the way.

Like the upcoming Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the acclaimed titles are also being remastered in order to modernize them. While Microsoft didn't share any release date or gameplay details for either game, the titles will presumably receive the same kinds of changes and updates being made to the first Age of Empires.

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This isn't the first time Age of Empires II has been remastered; an HD edition was released for Steam back in 2013. Along with improved textures and resolution, it added Steamworks features such as achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking, and cloud support.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was first announced at this year's E3 back in June. In addition to a visual makeover, the title features a new UI, an enhanced soundtrack, improved online multiplayer, the ability to attack-move, and other changes. It releases on October 19--the exact date of the game's 20-year anniversary. A beta test for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition kicks off tomorrow, August 22; players who'd like to participate can sign up here.

Microsoft's other surprise announcement, Age of Empires IV, is the first new installment in the series in 12 years. It is being developer by Relic, the studio behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes. Microsoft hasn't announced a release date for the game, but it presumably won't launch for some time yet.

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So i have to buy AoE 2 and AoE 3 again with no discount?

i don't mind if it's 10$ a pop, but judging microsoft it's probably gonna be 20-30$ a pop

and if they put microtransactions i'm seriously not gonna buy em, AoE 3 was a masterpiece but the online was already unbalanced with city experince levels between players

if they put microtransactions on that, say goodbye to balanced online...

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Please please please make a new Age Of Mythology and remaster the base Game and the expansion. :(

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But there's already a remaster of AOE2 on steam. This release confuses me?

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@illage2: it's not a remaster, it's just HD and upscaled for higher resolutions

a remaster is where they make all the textures from scratch and use a new engine

this means you can now play age of empires 2 with brand NEW textures than just resized ones

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When your body is SO.READY!!

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The one on Steam made the enemies not build walls. It made it too easy.

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OH MY GOD I SCREAMED WHEN 4 WAS ANNOUNCED, BUT THIS???? HOLD ME

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@Acillatem1993: I'll be happy with you ... but I don't want to touch you.

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@Mogan: Do it.

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@Acillatem1993: I might need an adult here.

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@Mogan: I can play that part too ;)

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@Acillatem1993: *Gets popcorn* I'm expecting this to be a good show so let's get on with it!

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Never got the chance to play III, the system requirements were ludicrous back in the day.

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WTF. AOE2 already got remastered. You can't remaster something twice. This is the PC we're talking about.

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@nabinatorTo be honest AoE2 was just an updated version of good ol' classic. Higher resolution, net code, little tweaks here and there and that's it. I suspect new 'remaster' will be much more advanced - 3D units, new animations, fully adjustable camera, soundtrack recorded from scratch etc. I can be wrong though. :)

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@nabinator: These are more remasterakes than remasters judging by the footage from AoE Definitive Edition.

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@asnakeneverdies: Ohhh, so an actual remake then?

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@nabinator: I don't know if I would go that far, but it's certainly more than a remaster.

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No Age of Mythology? :'(

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@asnakeneverdies: This already got remastered, along with 2

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@nabinator: well it got the HD treatment, but the textures still look dated

but honestly they did a job with it, after all it was a game from 2003

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@nabinator: Yes, but not at this level of quality.