Microsoft has delayed another one of its games, Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition, with the title aiming for a “early 2018” release.
The news comes on the back of Microsoft’s pledge to renew support for PC gaming – something it seemed to take pretty seriously at various trade shows this year.
We’ve seen the publisher support Play Anywhere titles that work on both PC and Xbox One, and as well as support for PC only games.
Part of this big PC-centered push was the revival of the Age of Empires series, which started with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.
The game was supposed to launch in the latter part of this year.
Unfortunately, however, it seems that the developers want more time with the project.
“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 developers explained on a new blog post at the weekend.
“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?”
“Rather than a final release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19, we will instead be inviting thousand 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.”
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is due to release early 2018 now.no specific date has been announced.
However, even that is by no means concrete as the developer also said:
“We don’t have a final release date to share quite yet, but are targeting early 2018. In the meantime, we will be actively engaging with everyone participating in the closed beta to gather additional feedback, set up multiplayer sessions, and ensure that the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition that we are delivering is the Definitive Edition that you want.”