Age of Empires Xbox console debut confirmed for 2023

By Sean Carey,

Microsoft has confirmed that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV are coming to Xbox Series X|S in 2023, with the former arriving in January and the latter at a later date. [updated]

Update:
It's official: Age of Empires is coming to console in 2023, with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition set to arrive on Xbox Series X|S on January 31st, and Age of Empires IV scheduled to follow later in the year. According to a new Xbox Wire post, "the team has been working hard to bring an experience that not only feels great using a controller, but also teaches players how to play on Xbox," although it also goes on to reassure players that mouse and keyboard support will also be included, and that cross-play between platforms will be optional. Xbox Cloud Gaming will also be supported via Game Pass Ultimate. Check out the first trailer for the series' long-awaited arrival on Xbox consoles.

Original story:
Microsoft is holding an Age of Empires 25th Anniversary live stream later today, but newly discovered ESRB and PEGI ratings may have spoiled one surprise Microsoft might have in store for the real-time strategy series.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition seemingly coming to Xbox consoles

As pointed out by Gematsu, PEGI has rated Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (Windows) for both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, with the listing also suggesting that the console version will release today. The ESRB has also rated the RTS game for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, though a release date isn't listed.

According to various insiders and rumblings from across the internet, its believed that the release date listed by PEGI is wrong and that the console edition of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition won't actually release until 2023.

Whatever the case may be, we'll hopefully here more about the console release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and the Age of Empires franchise as a whole during today's Age of Empires 25th Anniversary Broadcast, which begins streaming at 10 am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST on YouTube and Twitch.

Whenever Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition does launch for consoles, it will likely join Xbox Game Pass on day one. For more titles confirmed for Game Pass, check out our big ol' coming to Game Pass article.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.