History is back for more, as Age of Empires IV has been announced and even a definitive version of Age of Empires is being released, with the Definitive Version coming out on the 19th of October 2017 while there is no release date yet for the fourth entry in the series. This historical take on the real time strategy genre is a staple amongst PC players and defined a generation of gamers.Microsoft themselves posted a summary of the series as seen above. We here at Gamehubs would also like to give a breakdown on the many Age of Empires:
1. Age of Empires
The original provided gamers a lens into ancient warfare, learning the ways of civilizations that lived centuries ago, and the way they conquered the lands around them. Released in 1997, the original was claimed as a mix between Sid Meier's Civilization and Warcraft. The civilizations spanned across the Stone Age, Tool Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age with 12 civilizations to play as. The game was also unique with its Scenario Builder, which allowed for player created maps and mission to be made, shared and played amongst players. The Definitive Version will be released soon and would be a nice launching point for newcomers to the series to get into the game, just like how the original got people hooked over 20 years ago.
2. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
AoE II was released in 1999 and is the game that most people grew up with. The sequel added 4 new ages to play, the Dark Age, Feudal Age, Castle Age and the Imperial Age. This game is also notable for having a random map generator mode, a feature that designer Bruce Shelley wanted for the first game. For the avid meme enthusiasts out there, this is also the origin of a series of memes, mostly pertaining to the logic of the game, for example:
In 2013, Age of Empires II HD was released along with a whole slew of expansions that added more than 20 new civilizations to play as and brand new campaigns as well. A Definitive Version is also on the way.
3. Age of Empires III
With a new Age of Empires game comes a new era of history to be played, this time the Colonial Age leading up to the Imperial Age. A new political system was implemented that was based on the "minor gods" system of the spin-off, Age of Mythology. This game added cannons and muskets to a usually swords and spears affair. The game was released in 2005 with much praise, with most gaming publications proclaiming it as "RTS of the Year" or even "Game of the Year". This game also received two expansions and was the latest in the Age of Empires series and will receive a Definitive Version in the near future. One important aspect of the game was the soundtrack as it was a massive leap from the previous two entries:
4. Age of Empires IV
And now, finally. After 12 years, a brand new entry in the series is finally here. It is developed by Relic Entertainment, the makers of the Dawn of War series. It will cover everything from the Roman Empire to samurais and the Spanish Inquisition. No gameplay is shown yet, but we are nevertheless excited for the return of the Age of Empires.