Time to party! Age of Empires is celebrating its 25th anniversary today, and Microsoft has made preparations to mark the anniversary of the hit franchise with all manner of festivities and merriments.
One of the best real-time strategy series ever released on PC finds its roots in the original that hit store shelves all the way back in October of 1997. Over the years — or shall we say ages — a number of RTS titles were released to critical and commercial acclaim.
Developed by the supremely talented team at the now disbanded Ensemble Studios, the series is now shepherded by World’s Edge, a new studio under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella. It is they who have planned a live Anniversary Edition Broadcast.
Tomorrow's our big day, and we hope you're as excited as we are! Please be sure to bring one of the following items with you on October 25th:
✨ Wondrous wololoing
🚜 Immaculately placed farms
🌳 💰 ⛰️ Wood, gold, or stone
— AgeOfEmpires (@AgeOfEmpires) October 24, 2022
The event gets underway October 25 at 1 pm EST in which the development team and community members will share new announcements for all five mainline games in the series.
These being Age of Empires, Age of Empires II, Age of Empires III, Age of Empires IV, and the fantastical spinoff, Age of Mythology. Baring the latter most, all three games have received remasters in the form of Definitive Editions, with the fourth entry being the current one.
The team is not sharing complete details about what we will see at the event, but the show will be broadcast on major streaming platforms, including Twitch and YouTube. The Age of Empires, Xbox, and Red Bull Gaming channels will host the live stream.
The timing of which are below across the globe:
We do know that a new Anniversary Edition of Age of Empires IV will be launching for free as the full version that has the base game, all updates so far released, as well as the new Anniversary Update that also arrives on the same day, bringing two new civilizations in the Ottomans and Malians.
Older Age games are not being forgotten, with new challenges and rewards being made available to celebrate the anniversary.
The big mystery remains the mythological Age of Mythology, which remains sans the Definitive Edition treatment even as the fans also continue to demand a sequel in the form of Age of Mythology II.
Not long to go before we find out what’s cooking.