We knew it was coming eventually, but during all of the bustle of the Gamescom 2023 festivities and through a bevy of other announcements, Xbox has decided to shadow drop the console version of Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition.
Available now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, and included with Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition features a console-specific user interface with native controller inputs as well as keyboard and mouse support, and features 35 missions across four distinct campaigns – as well as PvP and PvE online multiplayer modes.
You can grab it from the Microsoft Store right here for $49.95 buy-to-own or through Xbox Game Pass.
Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition.
Return to History – The past is prologue as you are immersed in a rich historical setting of 10 diverse civilizations across the world from the English to the Chinese to the Delhi Sultanate in your quest for victory. Build cities, manage resources, and lead your troops to battle on land and at sea in 4 distinct campaigns with 35 missions that span across 500 years of history from the Dark Ages up to the Renaissance.
Choose Your Path to Greatness with Historical Figures – Live the adventures of Joan of Arc in her quest to defeat the English, or command mighty Mongol troops as Genghis Khan in his conquest across Asia. The choice is yours – and every decision you make will determine the outcome of history.
Challenge the World – Jump online to compete, cooperate or spectate in PVP and PVE multiplayer modes.
Customize Your Game with Mods (Beta) – Chart your own course with powerful creator tools in the latest beta release of Mod Editor. Sculpt your own skirmish and multiplayer maps, craft unique mission scenarios, forge data driven tuning packs and envision new modes of play for Age of Empires IV.
An Age for All Players – Age of Empires IV is an inviting experience for new players with a console- specific tutorial system that teaches the essence of real-time strategy and a Campaign Story Mode designed for first time players to help achieve easy setup and success, yet is challenging enough for veteran players with new game mechanics, evolved strategies, and combat techniques.