Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is bringing a suite of amazing new changes and improvements to the classic RTS, so I was certainly impressed with what I checked out at E3 2019. One major pillar of the Definitive Edition release is the brand new expansion: The Last Khans. This means that three brand new campaigns and four civilization will be in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. When discussing new content with PCGamesN, series Creative Director Adam Isgreen confirmed that while Forgotten Empires and Microsoft’s new Age of Empires studio will be adding new content to the game post launch, it is unlikely that we will see any more new civilizations in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.
Even though Age of Empires II seemed to be reaching its capacity when it comes to civilization, Isgreen discussed why it was still worth it to add new civilizations in The Last Khans. “These civs were arrived at because we were wondering ‘what’s left?’. We were trying to find a period in history which still fit the general time scope that Age II occupies. We’ve covered so much of the world now in terms of that period that, after a lot of discussions, we finally fell on to telling the stories of the fallout of the Mongol empire, which is what The Last Khans is all about,” he said.
Despite this, Isgreen did state that “At this point, I think we’re done adding civilizations to Age II,” as the game is reaching a saturation point in terms of the number of civilizations that are playable. “Even our pro players are kind of saying ‘we’re done, we have enough civs at this point to last us forever.’ It’s a lot to hold in your head, and I think that they would love to get comfortable with the game rather than trying to push into even more civs. There comes a saturation point, and I think we’re there.”
While this may signal to some that Microsoft will not be supporting Definitive Edition post launch, Isgreen stressed that this was not the case. He was sure to say “I think we’ll add more content, campaigns, new game modes – all those kinds of things we’ll explore,” so Age of Empires II fans should not worry about support ending anytime soon. Taking into account that Age of Empires II turns 20 this year, the fact that it is still being supported is quite impressive.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is poised to release for PC in Fall 2019. We will finally hear more about both Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV before the end of the year as well.
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