There's a new real-time strategy game in town. Age of Empires IV is now available for Windows, marking the end of the 16-year hiatus for the main series. Developed by Relic Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios' World Edge, the title comes complete with a single-player campaign and multiplayer going up to eight players.
Read our review of Age of Empires IV here, where the RTS received a stellar 9/10 verdict for its deep strategy elements, audio systems, asymmetric factions, campaign variety, and other well-implemented elements.
The title ships with four single-player story campaign experiences focusing on different eras, countries, and historical figures like Genghis Khan and William the Conqueror, amounting to 35 missions. For cooperative and competitive multiplayer, eight civilizations are available: Chinese, Delhi Sultanate, English, Mongols, French, Abbasid Dynasty, Holy Roman Empire, and Rus, each coming with different abilities, and playstyles. The development team is also slated to deliver official modding tools in early 2022.
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Age of Empires IV for PC is available to purchase on the Microsoft Store and Steam with a $59.99 price tag. There is also a $79.99 Digital Deluxe Edition that adds several in-game profile customization items as well as goodies like the original soundtrack. Like other first-party games from Microsoft, the Xbox Game Pass for PC (or Ultimate) subscription offers access to the full experience for no additional cost as well.