According to Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Creative Director Adam Isgreen, the beloved strategy could launch on Xbox One after the PC release. Isgreen said that the devs will try to build a control scheme specifically for Xbox One.
Earlier his week, Microsoft officially announced Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition release date during Gamescom 2019. The game is set to arrive to PC platform later this year. This updated version of the beloved real-time strategy game will include 4K support, new missions, and four new civilizations. Furthermore, it will be a part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC and will come to Steam.
And while many Age of Empires II fans are eagerly awaiting the release date, Microsoft did not forget about Xbox One players who would love to have the chance to play the game on console.
Unfortunately, there is no official announcement for the Xbox One version of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, but the latest comments from Creative Director Adam Isgreen give some hope that the game could arrive to Xbox One sometime after the release of the PC version.
Speaking with Twinfinite at Gamescom 2019, Isgreen said that the developers will try to build a console control scheme specifically for Age of Empires for those who don't own mouse and keyboard. Once again, he made it clear that there is nothing to announce about the Xbox One version at the moment, but the studio will almost certainly look into it and try to figure it out.
"So, the plan is that I want to make the best PC RTS possible first. Now there’s mouse and keyboard support on Xbox, but so many people don’t have mouse and keyboard that they can plug in. So, I think the challenge, and what I want to fool around with afterwards, is… once we get this done, we’re gonna look at what we can do for console controls, like building a console control scheme specifically for Age of Empires. We don’t have anything to announce about console right now, but we’re going to go try to figure it out," Isgreen said.
So there you have it folks, nothing official at the moment, but these comments are still better than a firm no, that's for sure. If Microsoft decide to release the game on the console, we should probably hear more about it after 14 November 2019, which is the release date for the PC version.