Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Win 10)
was previously set to come out this week, much to the joy of RTS fans everywhere. A Windows 10 exclusive, the game features a full port of the classic game with visual upgrades to bring it a bit closer to the modern age. The developers know that with a series with the pedigree of Age of Empires
, it's important to get it right — they needed to create an experience that was modernized enough to still be fun, but captured what made the game fun in the first place. To that end, they've unfortunately decided that a delay is necessary. Here's what the team had to say:
When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires (as ‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’), we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake. The challenge of re-releasing a classic is just that: it’s a classic and it deserves to be treated with careful reverence. At the same time, in a living, thriving genre, norms continually evolve, technology advances, and player expectations change. This is as true for RTS as for any other genre. So, the challenge is to recreate the experience not as it *actually* was but as we all remember it. How can we modernize the game while preserving the fun, discovery and magic of that first experience?
If it's any solace, the team has announced that in lieu of release, they'll be sending out a huge number of beta codes. So if you're interested in signing up for the beta, head on over to the game's official website
to get more details. There's no new release date announced, but the team is targeting early 2018.