Age of Empires announced for Xbox consoles

After almost a year of rumorsMicrosoft has officially revealed that the Age of Empires franchise is coming to Xbox platforms. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be released on January 31, 2023, while Age of Empires IV received an ambiguous “2023” output window. Previously PC-exclusive games will be available on Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and will also be playable through Xbox Cloud Gaming. Newcomers to the series will be happy to know that since these are first-party games, both games can be expected at launch on Xbox Game Pass.

The console releases for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV were announced in a new trailer shared on the franchise’s official Twitter account. The trailer actually opens by showcasing a plethora of fan requests asking to see the series on Xbox. This is a great way to illustrate how much people are waiting to see this ad! Readers can check out the trailer embedded below.

the original age of empires released in 1997, and this year marks the series’ 25th anniversary. While the series has been very successful over the years, Age of Empires has mostly stuck to the PC. Ironically, the series appeared on PlayStation and Nintendo platforms long before Xbox! A port of Age of Empires II released for PlayStation 2 in 2001, while an Age of Empires spin-off game was released for Nintendo DS in 2006. It has been over 15 years since the series was released on any platform other than PC, but it seems the wait is almost at an end. Hopefully Microsoft will have a lot more information about these ports over the next few months!

Age of Empires IV is available now on PC and will be released on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in 2023. Until then, readers can check out all of our previous coverage of the game here.

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