The popularity of real-time strategy games may have generally declined during this time, but there has always been a group of hardcore fans who wanted to get Age Of Empires back.
Why in the Windows Store?
Age of Empires 4 is like the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. These are exclusively for Windows 10 and available in Microsoft Windows Store. A release on Steam is not planned.
The Setting: What time period?
This is certainly one of the most urgent questions for strategy fans. How long does Age of Empires 4 play? If you look at the past of the series, you can see that it has always developed historically. It began in the Stone Age (Age of Empires). It moved into the Middle Age (Age of Empires 2) and resulted in the settlement of America and the Secession War (Age of Empires 3).
It would be obvious that Age of Empires 4 is now dedicated to the history after 1890. Developers Relic, known for Company of Heroes, would already be versed in the World War II.
Who's doing it?
The legendary RTS studio Relic Entertainment, known for its World War II Company of Heroes and Dawn of War takes over the development of Age of Empires 4.
Halo Wars 2 may have merged with The Creative Assembly, but a brand like Age is just the best. Relic is the best developer studio for real-time strategy games around the world. The management of the project has Adam Isgreen. From 1996 to 2003 he was a game designer at Westwood and worked there at Command & Conquer. For Microsoft, he is the man to make sure that Age is also a real RTS like then. In addition to the continuation, he also supervises the definitive editions of AoE2 and AoE3.
Release: When is AoE4 coming?
So far, Microsoft has said nothing about the period. But the past at Relic shows that quality also costs time. Optimistically Age of Empires IV would probably come at the end of 2018, more realistic it may release in 2019.
Is Age of Empires IV also for Xbox One?
Age of Empires has grown on the PC and it belongs to it. The primary focus is on the PC version, but an Xbox One version is possible, even if nobody wants to confirm it.