Microsoft has revealed plans to revive the Age of Empires series of real-time strategy games with the announcement of Age of Empires IV this week at Gamescom.

In a move sure to delight long-standing fans, Microsoft is handing the development reins to Relic Entertainment, the studio behind Company of Heroes. This makes Age of Empires IV the first in the series not to come from the now-defunct Ensemble studios, which closed in 2009.

A post on the studio’s official blog disclosed the Relic team’s excitement at the opportunity to work on a title bearing such a beloved and iconic name. In addition, the blog entry contains an official announcement trailer, which can be seen below.

The release date for Age of Empires IV has yet to be set. However, the trailer reveals the game will be exclusive to Windows 10 users. The exclusive Windows 10 release is controversial among fans, but unsurprising given Microsoft is the behind the game’s publication.

In addition to the new game, Microsoft has also announced plans to remaster the previous two entries in the series following the release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, which was unveiled at E3 earlier this year and is scheduled for release on October 19, 2017.

Relic Entertainment is a Canadian game development studio owned by Sega and based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 1997, Relic has specialized in PC real-time strategy games for over 20 years, bringing gamers the Warhammer 40,000 series as well as the Company of Heroes franchise.

OnlySP will keep an eye out for more details about this upcoming title and will report them as they become available. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, reviews, and other great content about single-player games.

Jennifer Anderson
Also known as Twist, Jennifer is a gamer, author, and digital artist who spent the early days of her childhood beating her stepfather's friends at Space Invaders and Pole Position on a beat-up Atari console, after which they would promptly complain to her mother. Now a competitive Diablo 3 player, she splits her time between writing, loving her dog Emmie, and putting her monk through nephalem rifts in a quest for the top spot on the seasonal leaderboards.

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