Phil Spencer 'Age of Empires 4 is making a good progress'

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#1 Posted by the_master_race (4603 posts) -

if you're wondering why Microsoft didn't show any gameplay of AOE IV , here's why ..

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https://www.pcgamer.com/age-of-empires-4-is-making-good-progress-and-microsoft-will-talk-about-it-later-this-year/

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Yesterday, I sat down with Microsoft's executive VP of gaming Phil Spencer to discuss Game Pass coming to Windows, the company's attitude towards Steam and a whole lot more. One subject I just had to ask about, given the opportunity, was the current status of Age of Empires 4. The Relic-developed sequel to Ensemble's historical strategy series was announced back at Gamescom 2017, and didn't feature in the Xbox E3 briefing on Sunday. The good news is, you'll be hearing more about it later this year.

"We'll talk about it more this year," Spencer says. "Relic's great as a studio, we're making good progress with it. One of the things I loved about our show [on Sunday] is the things that we didn't show. We had 60 games, 14 first-party games, with 12 shipping in the next year. And then I know, like okay, what's The Initiative working on? Where is Age 4, how's that going? I think Playground has a second team, what's going on with that? Where's Turn 10, they didn't show up?

"So it was cool for us to be able to have a such a full show, and have some things like Age 4 that have been announced but haven't been shown in a while, other things that maybe aren't announced, to still be able to have those continue to drive excitement both through the year and potentially even next year's E3. But we'll talk more about Age 4, yeah."

I asked Spencer if there was anything more he could say about the game. "No, I want us to make sure we're doing that in the right context. The thing I would say is, we've been incredibly impressed by Relic's capability. Obviously they're somewhat local to us being in Vancouver, and we know the studio. They did the best job of, 'here's what we think Age should go to'. And the other thing I'll say is, we are learning a lot revisiting Age 1, and Age 2. As those communities grow again, as those communities continue to exist, they have large player bases, and there's a lot of feedback. So we're really getting good insight. even here as we're putting Age 2: DE, which is playable on the floor, from those communities about things they'd like to see in Age 4, and that's important for us."

Age of Empires is being treated like a big deal again by Microsoft. Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is coming later this year, and the same treatment is on the horizon for the third entry in the series. It feels like one of Microsoft's priorities as it looks to attract PC players to its new Game Pass offering. Microsoft also announced a 'newly founded' Age of Empires studio on Sunday, too.

Look out for my full Phil Spencer interview later this week.

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#2 Posted by Son-Goku7523 (955 posts) -

He said the same thing about Crackdown 3, look at how that went down.

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#3 Posted by Zero_epyon (13239 posts) -

I..do not...like the way that sounds...

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#4 Posted by uninspiredcup (33403 posts) -

Between this and CnC it looks like there is a little pulse forming again.

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#5 Posted by R4gn4r0k (31020 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:

Between this and CnC it looks like there is a little pulse forming again.

Iron Harvest as well

RTS never died, it just smells a bit funny.

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#6 Posted by xhawk27 (11290 posts) -

@son-goku7523 said:

He said the same thing about Crackdown 3, look at how that went down.

Yeah because Relic is like Sumo Digital.

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#7 Posted by Son-Goku7523 (955 posts) -
@xhawk27 said:
@son-goku7523 said:

He said the same thing about Crackdown 3, look at how that went down.

Yeah because Relic is like Sumo Digital.

Too many excuses from you lems. That didn't stop you clowns from hyping Crackdown 3 when Phil said the same thing last year.

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#8 Edited by xhawk27 (11290 posts) -

@son-goku7523 said:
@xhawk27 said:
@son-goku7523 said:

He said the same thing about Crackdown 3, look at how that went down.

Yeah because Relic is like Sumo Digital.

Too many excuses from you lems. That didn't stop you clowns from hyping Crackdown 3 when Phil said the same thing last year.

Most if not all the hype was from the Cows like you! 😂 The only thing i hype was the mp because I thought it could be kind of good. I was lied too.

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#9 Edited by BenjaminBanklin (4637 posts) -
@xhawk27 said:
@son-goku7523 said:

He said the same thing about Crackdown 3, look at how that went down.

Yeah because Relic is like Sumo Digital.

Weren't you defending Crackdown 3 before it came out anyway?

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#10 Posted by sakaiXx (5499 posts) -

@R4gn4r0k said:
@uninspiredcup said:

Between this and CnC it looks like there is a little pulse forming again.

Iron Harvest as well

RTS never died, it just smells a bit funny.

its dead for a while thanks to MOBA eating the genre. thank god Starcraft/starcraft 2 went free and AoE2 HD meme'd to popularity again.

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#11 Posted by Raining51 (1046 posts) -

I really doubt it MS is always full of it.

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#12 Posted by AcePilot (87 posts) -

Relic became a piece of shit anyway. AOE4 can end up like DOW3.

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#13 Posted by R4gn4r0k (31020 posts) -

@sakaixx said:

its dead for a while thanks to MOBA eating the genre. thank god Starcraft/starcraft 2 went free and AoE2 HD meme'd to popularity again.

Even at its most deadest, we still had Company of Heroes 2, a game that lasted for 5 years for me thanks to how balanced it was.

I never was a fan of Starcraft, though I enjoyed the singleplayer, and am looking forward to playing more C&C and Age of Empires.

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#14 Posted by Raining51 (1046 posts) -

I think it's just Age of Empires ended up being really good but 3 ended up just being average.... and 4 has like some promis I guess basically but it's not clear how much.

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#15 Edited by speedytimsi (957 posts) -

Bill Gates need to look into that RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!

You know what, the are probably planning to put this game into the Xbox Scarlet.

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#16 Posted by Raining51 (1046 posts) -

@speedytimsi said:

Bill Gates need to look into that RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!

You know what, the are probably planning to put this game into the Xbox Scarlet.

I doubt it though.