Microsoft has announced that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has been delayed until “early 2018”, a fairly surprising announcement considering the game is just a simple remaster.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a HD remaster of the first Age of Empires game which originally launched on October 15, 1997. The Definitive Edition was set to launch originally on October 19, however that’s been pushed back all the way until 2018.
In an announcement, Microsoft wrote that the scope of the remaster was simply much larger than they anticipated, and plan to create a remaster which is true to the original game. Read the full announcement below:
“When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires (as ‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’), we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake. The challenge of re-releasing a classic is just that: it’s a classic and it deserves to be treated with careful reverence. At the same time, in a living, thriving genre, norms continually evolve, technology advances, and player expectations change. This is as true for RTS as for any other genre. So, the challenge is to recreate the experience not as it *actually* was but as we all remember it. How can we modernize the game while preserving the fun, discovery and magic of that first experience?
“To that end, rather than a final release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19, we will instead be inviting thousands more players from the community into our closed beta between now and launch to allow for more in-depth testing across single player campaign, multiplayer balance, fine-tuning the lobby, etc.”
So I guess we’ve got a bit of a wait on our hands. That being said, the remaster of Age of Empires comes ahead of the release of Age of Empires 4 which is also due to be released next year. There are also remasters of Age of Empires 2 and 3 in the works, though details on these releases are pretty thin.