Xbox Game Studios and developer World’s Edge have announced that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will launch on January 31, 2023, for Xbox Series X/S and Age of Empires IV for the same consoles sometime in 2023. The games will also be available on Xbox Game Pass. Additionally, the companies announced both games will come with mouse and keyboard support on Xbox. A new trailer was also released.
World’s Edge director of customer voice Emm Bridle commented on the announcement via Xbox Wire, saying:
“We knew that bringing the complexity of real-time strategy games to Xbox consoles was a massive task, nd one we had to approach carefully and thoughtfully. The team has 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 console will help players get started. We’ve also added a new game AI which helps make resource management in a strategy game efficient and intuitive.
We’re so excited to bring one of the best and most beloved real-time strategy games of all time to Xbox. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has been growing since its release in 2019. After almost 40 updates, three downloadable content additions bringing new civilizations and campaigns, and a constant stream of improvements, the game is the best it’s ever been. Players can enjoy 83 maps, 42 multiplayer civilizations, 34 single-player campaigns, 10 multiplayer modes, and seven co-op campaigns. And now, Xbox players will be able to enjoy all this phenomenal game has to offer!”