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Age of Empires on Xbox: Release date, controller support, cross-play and more

Published: 18:00, 25 October 2022
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Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 4 is officially coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and here's everything you need to know about this highly-anticipated release.

It's been one long wait but it's finally happening - The Age of Empires series is coming to Xbox consoles - it's been officially announced at today's Age of Empires 25th Anniversary Broadcast. 

Xbox confirmed that the current plan is to launch Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 4 on Xbox and xCloud.

So, if the news makes you one happy bunny, here are all the details that you need to know regarding the Age of Empires series on the Xbox consoles, including release date, cross-play, controller support and more. 

Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 4 Xbox release date

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition is officially set to release on Xbox consoles and xCloud on January 31, 2023. Age of Empires IV is coming sometime in 2023.

Age of Empires on Xbox - Controller support

Xbox say that the dev teams have been working hard to bring an experience that not only feels great using a controller but also teaches players how to play on Xbox. A new tutorial designed specifically for controller input paired with a new user experience for the console will help players get started. 

The team also added a new game AI which helps make resource management in a strategy game efficient and intuitive.

The Xbox version will also support mouse and keyboard.

Age of Empires on Xbox - cross-play support

The good news is that cross-play is included between all platforms, allowing you to play with players on Xbox and PC. The cross-play will be optional so you can turn it off if battling against PC players turns out to be too hard.

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