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Age of Empires IV closed beta kicks off this week

Published: 14:15, 04 August 2021
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Age of Empires IV

Age of Empires IV beta test invites will be sent out to Age of Empires insiders tomorrow - August 5, 2021. Microsoft promise the larges hands-on event to date.

Microsoft and World's Edge will host Age of Empires IV closed beta this week with a wide variety of content for Age insiders who get the invite. The closed beta will officially run from August 5 until August 16, 2021, and it will only be available to insiders who registered before August 3, 2021.

Here's everything that will be included in the Age of Empires IV closed beta:

  • Tutorial mission - Mission Zero.
  • Multiplayer or vs. AI matches, including up to eight human or AI players.
  • A wide range of maps that allow you to customize your own experience.
  • Four of the eight launch day civilizations: the Mongol, English, Delhi Sultanate and Chinese civilizations
  • Spectate option (watch other matches)

Microsoft age of empires iv screenshot showing advancing army Age of Empires IV will be set in the Middle Age

Age of Empires IV Closed Beta system specs:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460T or AMD FX-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 760 or Radeon R7 260X (at least 2GB of VRAM) 

And while the technical specifications determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for consideration, World's Edge team say these are not the only factors that determine eligibility so not every Age Insider who meets the minimum qualifications will be selected for the Age of Empires IV Closed Beta.

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