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Age of Empires 4 Reveals 2022 Roadmap

IbizaPocholo

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Relic Entertainment had confirmed that it will add Ranked Ladders to Age of Empires 4 in the spring, and the developer has now revealed a roadmap for the first half of 2022.

The post states that the spring update for Age of Empires 4 will now be called Season 1, and it will finally add a content editor, in-house mods, and Ranked Ladder for 1v1 matches. Ranked Ladder in Age of Empires 4 will consist of 6 divisions with 3 tiers each, and fans will be able to earn exclusive rewards at the end of the season. Season 1 also comes with several improvements to the hotkey system, and quality-of-life features such as a Global Build Queue and full post-match map reveal. The section on Season 1 then confirms that more balance changes are on the way for Abbasid Dynasty, Chinese, and Holy Roman Empire civilizations.

The post then shares details on Season 2, which will come with fully remappable inputs and the option to pick a player’s color in matches. Many Age of Empires 4 players want more control over which maps are available in ranked matches, and Season 2 will finally add a Map Vote System. Some civilizations have certain advantages on specific maps, and players would sometimes quit matches before the start of the game depending upon the map type selected. Additionally, Relic Entertainment will remove the Boulder Bay, Confluence, and Black Forest maps from the 1v1 Quick Match pool in an upcoming update.

Finally, the post lists some other features that are being considered for the future, including waypoint indicators and cheats. While many of these features should have been there at launch, it’s great to see detailed information on the future of Age of Empires 4. As these updates are only for the first half of 2022, fans can hope that the developers continue to add new features throughout the year.




 

Tams

Member
So, looking at the Steam Charts (not the whole picture, but pretty accurate), as I type this, AoE IV is sitting at 100th place with 8,443 concurrent players. With a 24hr peak around the same.

Not sure what to think of that. RTSes aren't the most popular genre, but for a game that's supposed got a large multiplayer element to it... it doesn't look good. And AoE II: DE is sat at 66th with 15,324 concurrent players, which isn't a good look for AoE IV.

Anyway, it came out as badly as I thought it would after those interviews, and seems to be in a bit of a state. Glad I didn't give them my money.
 
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So, looking at the Steam Charts (not the whole picture, but pretty accurate), as I type this, AoE IV is sitting at 100th place with 8,443 concurrent players. With a 24hr peak around the same.

Not sure what to think of that. RTSes aren't the most popular genre, but for a game that's supposed got a large multiplayer element to it... it doesn't look good. And AoE II: DE is sat at 66th with 15,324 concurrent players, which isn't a good look for AoE IV.

Anyway, it came out as badly as I thought it would after those interviews, and seems to be in a bit of a state. Glad I didn't give them my money.
I missed the RTS genre, it was the bread and butter genre in the 90s, so many nostalgic moment.
 

Saucy Papi

Member
So, looking at the Steam Charts (not the whole picture, but pretty accurate), as I type this, AoE IV is sitting at 100th place with 8,443 concurrent players. With a 24hr peak around the same.

Not sure what to think of that. RTSes aren't the most popular genre, but for a game that's supposed got a large multiplayer element to it... it doesn't look good. And AoE II: DE is sat at 66th with 15,324 concurrent players, which isn't a good look for AoE IV.

Anyway, it came out as badly as I thought it would after those interviews, and seems to be in a bit of a state. Glad I didn't give them my money.
It may be because this was also released via gamepass. At least that's how I intend to play it since I'm already subscribed.
 

Darryl

Banned
i played a ton of it for like a month. the game had really strong fundamentals (game engine) despite bugs, but it lacked content. there aren't enough civs and units. games don't play out in ways that are refreshing or fun to watch. you don't even get glorious losses. it's a complete mald fest.
 
The game have awful frame pacing/stutter when panning the camera since the beta and they aren't doing sh*t to fix this problem. Sad...
 

Hari Seldon

Gold Member
I thought the single player was excellent. I’m not really an AoE player for multi though. I’ll wait for CoH3 before I go deep in an RTS again.
 
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