In a surprise announcement, Microsoft unveiled Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at the E3 PC Gaming Show event. This remaster of the original Age of Empires from 1997 arrives marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the iconic strategy series, featuring new and improved gameplay, 4K support with remastered animations, tile sets, zoom levels and more.
Among other improvements, the game will include new methods to control units, with control groups, attack move, idle villagers button, and other functionalities that were not available in the original game. Another exciting inclusion is a re-recorded soundtrack by an actual symphony orchestra.
The game will make use of Xbox Live for multiplayer matchmaking and lobbies, including the service's friends system.
Microsoft will be hosting a multiplayer beta for the remaster at some point in the future, with sign-ups already available on the game's official website. Some additional Age of Empires 20th anniversary related announcements were also teased at the event, with Microsoft saying it will reveal them in August at Gamescom.
Sadly, the official release date was not revealed at the PC Gaming Show, with Microsoft only saying that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will arrive for PC sometime later this year.