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Age of Empires 4 Revives a Classic Franchise

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 16:04
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To the surprise of pretty much nobody, Age of Empires 4 was officially announced and revealed with a trailer. What's more, the dedicated studio behind the game has had its name revealed: World's Edge.

A short preview video introduced the game and some of the scenery, after which Major Nelson had a quick chat on stage. We then also discovered that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has been live as of roughly two hours ago. Take a look at the Age of Empires 4 Gameplay Reveal Trailer for yourself!

 

Details Still Light for Age of Empires 4

The Age of Empires 4 gameplay reveal trailer is pretty great and makes for a fantastic trip down memory lane, but we didn't get much in the way of useful details in terms of text. A quick glance at the trailer, however, can give us a pretty decent idea of what to expect.

One of the newest additions appears to be improvements to walls. Soldiers are shown walking atop walls (and standing guard up there, too) for the first time in the franchise. They look great, whether your men are keeping an eye our or they're being blasted apart by trebuchets launching 90kg projectiles over 300 meters.

 

It may just be the maps tileset, but it also seems like roads may be a factor. The maps that we saw in the trailer saw units pathing along dedicated paths within populated areas rather than just taking the most direct route.

The last thing of significance I noticed was siege towers. This particular piece of the medieval toolkit really wasn't used all that much in previous Age of Empires games, but they're showing up in force for the fourth game in the franchise.

 

If you're an Age of Empires fan, today has been a pretty good day. We'll find out more about Age of Empires 4 in the coming weeks and months. You can keep up with its development on the game's official website.

Are you hyped for Age of Empires 4? What do you hope to see in this newest sequel to this long-running franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!