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Age of Empires celebrates 20 years with a 4K remaster

The original Age of Empires is getting a 4K overhaul. (Source: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition trailer)
The original Age of Empires is getting a 4K overhaul. (Source: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition trailer)
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition updates the PC classic with revamped gameplay mechanics and a visual 4K overhaul. Signup for the closed beta starts today.
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Fans of the classic RTS game Age of Empires will soon be able to “Wololo” the red team in full 4K glory.

Age of Empires quickly became one of the staples of the real-time strategy genre upon its release in 1997. The game has players take control of an ancient civilization (think Greeks, Minoans, and Egyptians) as they try to gather resources, raise an army, and conquer the map. The legacy of the original Age of Empires lives on in the thriving community around its sequel, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, which received an Full HD graphical overhaul a few years ago and continues to receive updates including new civilizations, balance tweaks, and more.

At E3 this year, Microsoft Studios, the brains behind the ancient game of conquest, announced they will release a massive update to the original later this year. The new version will bring support for 4K resolutions, as well as a massive asset facelift, reworked sound and music, gameplay tweaks (like an Idle Villager button), and support for online multiplayer. Content from both the core game and the Rise of Rome expansion will be included.

Now release date has been set in stone yet, but gamers can expect to see the title sometime later this year. For those that can’t wait to conquer others, AgeOfEmpires.com is accepting applications for the closed beta now. So what are you waiting for? Start the game already.

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Sam Medley, 2017-06-13 (Update: 2017-06-13)