Age of Empires III came out all the way back in 2005, and Microsoft has now announced at Gamescom that it is working on a new instalment in the real-time strategy franchise. Called Age of Empires IV, the game will be developed by Relic Entertainment, the studio behind hit RTS titles in the Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series.
The first game in the Age of Empires series came out 20 years ago, and was followed up with Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings in 1999 and Age of Empires III in 2005. All three games were made by Ensemble Studios, which shut its doors in 2009.
Based on the reveal trailer, Age of Empires IV will feature everything from ancient Rome to the American Revolution. From Microsoft:
We are thrilled to continue growing the empire, and excited to share that we are working with Relic Entertainment on a brand-new title for the Age of Empires franchise – Age of Empires IV. Relic Entertainment has a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games, making them the ideal partner to develop Age of Empires IV.
We are thrilled to be working with them and can’t wait for fans to see their unique and exciting contribution to the Age of Empires franchise. For all of you who have remained faithful fans of the Age of Empires franchise for the last 20 years, we say thank you – we cannot wait to bring you the next chapter of history.
In a separate statement, Relic said that it “couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the legacy” to create a new Age of Empires title. Given the studio’s history in this genre, it’ll be interesting to see how Age of Empires IV turns out. There’s no word on a launch date, but we should have more details in the coming months. For now, enjoy the launch trailer.