Legends will rise in Age of Mythology Retold, a remaster of the real-time strategy game that was originally released in 2002. For the Age of Empire's 25th anniversary, it was announced that the game is in the works as we speak, as well as a few more interesting details.
During the AoE 25th anniversary live stream today, October 25, 2022, Microsoft's World's Edge studio had a few announcements to make, one of which was the release of the newest addition to the AoE and AoM series; Age of Mythology Retold. The game does not have a release date as of yet, but we do know that it will be coming to PC Game Pass as well as PC. The game is said to be the Definitive Edition of the original Age of Mythology and will come with a whole new set of "beautiful graphics" as well as an updated storyline to play through.
The original takes players back in time to a place where God's watched over the lands and valiant heroes fought against powerful foes only heard of in past legends. Players are able to build an army of pure destruction with the inclusion of Minotaurs and Cyclops which can turn the tide of any battle. Players could even call upon the gods for assistance in battle, where they could rain hellfire down upon the enemy in order to reign victorious once more.
With the announcement of the AoM remaster came another big reveal; Age of Empires IV and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition would be making their way to Xbox consoles and Cloud Gaming in 2023. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is set to release on console and cloud on January 31, 2023, but Age of Empires IV does not have a set release date as of yet. In regards to the games coming to console, the devs had this to say about the integration and cross-platform play,
"We also considered the functionality Xbox players have come to expect from their games and so the game will include optional crossplay between platforms, allowing you to play with your friends on Xbox and on PC. We’re also bringing the game to Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta), allowing players to continue their empire building, even when away from PC or console."
From the comments and feedback via Twitter and YouTube, it seems that fans of the franchise, and RTS fans in general, are pretty pumped about this news, to say the least.