If Nintendo has taught us anything, it’s that nostalgia sells. Combine nostalgia with an actually good game and it’s a recipe for success. Age of Empies, the game that defined a generation, has been worked on to bring us Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a remaster worthy of the classic. Originally slated for release in October 2017, Microsoft has now confirmed that this tasty piece of gaming history will be served to us on 20th February with the multiplayer beta opening on January 29th if you can’t wait to get your teeth into it.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition looks to hit us right in the nostalgia feels by delivering all the elements we all love from the original but with a few new features to make it extra delicious. Fans can look forward to:
– new campaign narration for every mission
– re-recorded original soundtrack with a new orchestral score
– Xbox LIVE and LAN play multiplayer
– enhanced map editor
– 4k resolution
But if nothing on the menu of improvements and additions take your fancy you can enjoy the original game in all it’s delicious glory.
The game is set to be a veritable steal at $19.99 (that’s less than a quarter of a price of cardboard these days) but there are some reservations over it’s exclusivity to Windows, rather than making it available through Steam or giving it a console launch. Ultimately the sales will determine whether Microsoft missed a trick here, but in the meantime, a whole generation of gamers wait to tuck into this veritable feast of nostalgia and PI for one cannot wait.