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Age of Empires IV gameplay will be shown at XO in November 2019

Published: 19:20, 22 August 2019
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Screenshot from Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Even though strategy fans were hoping that Gamescom 2019 will give us a look at some Age of Empires IV gameplay, practical demonstration of the upcoming instalment in the legendary RTS franchise will have to wait until XO19 in November.

Speaking to German portal GameStar, Microsoft revealed that Age of Empires IV's official gameplay reveal will be on XO19.

More precisely, the gameplay reveal is scheduled for 19 November, the first day of Microsoft's fan festival, which takes place in London.

Microsoft haven't been generous with information on Age of Empires IV, and that includes the trailer, which served just enough to tickle the imagination.

Even though the trailer lacked any actual gameplay, it seemed to focus on the core of the game - battling enemies through the ages, which by now goes without saying.

Microsoft are likely to stick to most of the core mechanics, although it's not only due to the amount of time since the last instalment in the franchise - its timing will actually be its own competition.

Quite symbolically, Age of Empires IV fans are getting the first look at the game on the same day that Microsoft are launching Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, an updated version of one of the best real-time strategies that the genre has produced.

In case you're not aware of the II's importance, historical and gameplay-wise, you'd do well to check out the first part of Telxvi's list of the best strategy games ever, where he dissects everything that made Age of Empires II special.

"Age of Empires II lies on the sweet spot between historical accuracy and real-time mechanical simplification for gameplay and narrative purposes. The game's campaigns take some liberties with authenticity for the events they describe, but do allow for many more practical visual and gameplay deviations, such as siege equipment appearing as a self-propelled, unit and building scale being disproportional, and fish traps holding unlimited amounts of food", he wrote.

Ensemble Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings box cover image showing game title and 3 historical dudes Age of Empires II: Age of Kings

As for Age of Empires IV, we'll have to wait and see what Microsoft and Relic have in store.

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