Microsoft releases Age of Empires III Definitive Edition: Everything you need to know

After the successful remaster of Age of Empires I and II, it was only a matter of time for Microsoft to give Age of Empires III a brand new edition. The publisher officially announced the game in August and launched it on Thursday, October 15. The new version, titled Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, is now available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. Unfortunately, the definitive edition will not come free for existing owners of the game. However, they will be able to get the game at the discounted price of $15, compared to new buyers who’ll have to shell out $20.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Age of Empire franchise, it is a real-time strategy video game. First released in 2005, the video game is considered by many as one of the classic games in the strategy video game genre. Furthermore, with 2 million copies sold by 2008, Age of Empires III was a massive commercial success for the franchise as well.

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Age of Empire III follows the timeline between 1492 and 1876 AD when the European powerhouses discovered America and began colonizing it. It features fourteen playable civilizations. Players have to select one and build their settlements and military units to defeat other civilizations and establish domination. The strategy video game also includes a complete story campaign mode that revolves around the fictional Black family.

Age of Empires III Definitive Edition: New features

The latest edition of Age of Empires III comes with lots of new features. Microsoft, the game’s publisher, has already revealed that the Definitive Edition will boast significant visual enhancements. Thus, the upcoming version might be demanding for a lot of PCs. However, gamers with limited system capabilities can choose to opt-out of the enhanced graphics pack.

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Apart from the visual upgrade, the Definitive Edition also boasts a revamped UI, remastered soundtrack and even a brand new crossplay multiplayer mode. Besides, the newly remastered version features two gameplay modes- Historical Battles, and Art of War.

Age of Empires III Definitive Edition: Trailer

Check out the trailer here.

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