Developer: Relic Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: Fall 2021
Hype level: Over 9000
What we know so far:
The music will be composed by Mikolai Stroinski
Set in the Middle Age like Age Of Empires II
8 civilizations will be present in the game at launch
In term of design and graphic, AOE IV as opted for a Settlers like form of artstyle
The limit of units is set at 200 per player
Infantry can now patrol on top of wall and you can place traps in front of your city like walls of spades
The first two civilizations shown on the gameplay trailer are the English and the Mongol
English are easy to learn and they play the same as the other AOE games, the Mongol instead plays very differently
For example, the Mongols will be able to dismantle all their buildings in order to move elsewhere in case of an attack
Age Of Empires IV is VERY accurate historically talking with armors, weapons and buildings being accurately portrayed
We don't know the exact time period but the game will finish in the edge of the beginning of the Renaissance (interview with Adam Isgreen)
Ambush ! You can now hide in the woods and attack your enemy by surprise
Each unit speaks a correct language which evolves over the 4 ages of the game
Age of Empires IV is adopting a documentary-style storytelling that will carry you through missions, beginning with William of Normandy’s battle for the English throne.
The game will have four playable campaigns at launch.
- Dehli Sultanate
Age of Empires I and Rise Of Rome:
Released on October 26, 1997. Expansion out one year later on October 31, 1998
Developed by Ensemble Studios
The game give players a choice of 12 civilizations to develop from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The expansion pack add four new civilizations.
Three million units sold by 2000 for the base game, and the expansion "Rise of Rome" sold one million copy by 2000.
Age of Empires II: Age of Kings and The Conquerors:
Released on September 30, 1999. The Expansion, named The Conquerors (I don't count The Forgotten and The African Kingdoms) is out on August 24, 2000.
Still developed by Ensemble Studios, Age of Kings bring the series to the Middle Ages, from the Dark Ages to the Imperial Age. The player can choose one of the 13 civilizations available like Celts, Chinese, Franks etc...
The expansion add five new civilizations (the Aztecs, Mayans, Spanish, Koreans, and Huns). It feature a lots of new gameplay features, tweaks and game modes. Some additional maps are based on real life geographic locations and it also add four single player campaigns.
Age of Empires III and The WarChiefs /Asian Dynasties
Released on October 18, 2005 . The first expansion was released in October 17, 2006 and The Asian Dynasties followed a year later on October 23, 2007.
The game, developed by Ensemble Studios and Big Huge Games portrays the European colonization of the Americas, between approximately 1492 and 1876 AD. There are 14 total civilizations playable.
It add the mechanic of the "Home City" which is displayed on a separate screen while playing, and is composed of five main buildings that allow the player to choose their new shipment cards and customizations.
The WarChiefs is the first expansion pack and add 3 civilizations: The Iroquois, the Sioux and the Aztecs. The main story shift the focus from the Old World civilizations to the peoples who were already living in America when the first European explorers started to arrive.
The Asian Dynasties on his side add 3 new campaigns, and also 3 new civilizations (India, China and Japan). They must build a Wonder to advance from age to age, instead of advancing from the Town Center. Unlike previous Age of Empires games, the player does not achieve victory by building a wonder.
So now that the first gameplay has been released, how you feel about the setting (Middle Age again) and those large scale battles?
Are you disappointed by the graphics ? I am on board of the hype train but the thing is it's Relic so i'm afraid too. Dawn of War I is a really good game, II is a lot different but it's ok and III is a big disappointment so idk.
And I don't understand why Microsoft didn't give the license to Forgotten Empires, they port AOEII HD, and made The African Kingdoms/The Forgotten etc... so WHY? Relic is a dangerous choice in my opinion but we will see.