Age of Empires 4 and Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition coming to Xbox next year with keyboard and mouse support

Multiple Age of Empires games are coming to Xbox, World’s Edge director Emma Bridle confirmed Tuesday morning. Early ports include Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, with the former set to release on January 31, 2023, and Age of Empires 4, later in the year.

World’s Edge is a Microsoft-owned studio, and Age of Empires has become one of the most successful real-time strategy games since its birth in 1997. This is the first time the series has landed on the console platform (except for spin-off games such as NDS “Age of Empires: Age of Kings”).

The launch of console versions of RTS games is not new. For example, well-known games such as “Dune” and “StarCraft” have all appeared in console versions, and the operation is simplified for the console handle. The advantage of the Xbox is that it can connect to a keyboard and mouse, and the gaming experience is the same as the PC version. Officials say the Xbox version can play cross-platform with the PC version, and these games are also available on the Xbox cloud.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, released in November 2019, is a high-definition remake of Empires 2. “Age of Empires 4” was launched at the end of last year and received generally positive reviews. It won the 2021 TGA Best Simulation/Strategy Game Award.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 4 are coming to Xbox in 2023, so stay tuned.