Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be released on Xbox on January 31, 2023, with Age of Empires IV making its console debut later in 2023. Microsoft reports this. 

Age of Empires II and Age of Empires IV will be coming to Xbox consoles in 2023. The fact that Age of Empires is finally playable on the Xbox is a small miracle given the necessary micromanagement in the game. The console versions of Age of Empires will offer mouse and keyboard support, but should also be able to be played using a controller and an optimized user interface. With the help of a new in-game AI, the important resource management is made more efficient and intuitive. 

Play Age of Empire with a controller

"Bringing the complexity of RTS to Xbox consoles was a tough challenge that we took great care and new approaches to," reports the Xbox team. They put a lot of time and dedication into the detail work so that the end result is an experience that gives players "all the intricacies of controller control and console gameplay".

A tutorial that was specially developed for controller control provides an easy introduction to the console-optimized user interface. The new in-game AI also makes resource management, which is particularly important, more efficient and intuitive.

"2023 will be a big year for those who have always wanted to experience the unique flavor of Age of Empires on console," Microsoft said in the announcement. Next year they want to publish more details and news about the upcoming console release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and the current development status of Age of Empires IV on console. So far, the focus has only been on the mere announcement of the adaptations. 

The fan base of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has grown steadily since its release in 2019: "After almost 40 updates, 3 DLC expansions with new civilizations and campaigns and regular optimizations, the game is better than ever. Experience RTS thrills across 83 maps, with 42 multiplayer civilizations, 34 single player campaigns, 10 multiplayer modes and 7 co-op campaigns.

Also exciting: In addition to the console version, the team is working on a version for cloud gaming - then you can also play Age of Empires on the go. You will also be able to enjoy the brand as a mobile game. More details on this new way of playing Age of Empires are expected to follow shortly.

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