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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition closed Steam beta kicks off on June 18

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition closed Steam beta coming June 18 (Source: The Age of Empires Team via email)
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (Source: The Age of Empires Team via email)
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is not here yet, but a closed Steam beta test is set to start on June 18, when 1,500 eligible users will be chosen to join the battle. A larger wave of Age Insiders will be invited to take this 4K Ultra HD remake — which also features remastered audio — for a spin on June 24.

Released back in February 2018, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition added support for the generous 4K resolution, a remastered audio track, as well as various gameplay improvements to the original title. Now, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is ready to freshen up the second title in the series as well and Age of Empires Insiders should be able to take it for a spin starting next week.

According to an official email sent to those following the evolution of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, a closed Steam beta test will kick off on June 18, when 1,500 people will be invited to take over their virtual empires. A second, larger wave — there is no information regarding the number of players that will be invited to join it, sadly — is scheduled for June 24.

Those interested have to connect a Steam account to their Age of Empires Insider account to use during the beta test, but they also need to refresh the DxDiag information. Obviously, those who have not registered their interest in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition can still do so on this page. In addition to the old Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, Age of Empires is now on Discord as well (click here to join).

If everything goes as planned, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will hit the market this fall via Steam and the Windows 10 Store. In addition to the campaigns and missions of the original title, it will also come with an all-new expansion called "The Last Khans" that includes three new campaigns and no less than four new civilizations.

Source(s)

The Age of Empires Team (via email)

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-06-12 (Update: 2019-06-12)
Codrut Nistor
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