Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition was released for PC in 2019, but is coming to Xbox consoles and Xbox Game Pass starting today. The remastered classic has been available to pre-install via Xbox Game Pass or pre-order via Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S for a few days now – and now it’s here (although not yet in Cloud Gaming at the time of publication of this text at 6:55 p.m.)
Since its release, Age of Empires 2: Definite Edition has continued to grow with a rapid 40 updates, three DLC expansions and numerous improvements. 83 maps, 32 multiplayer civilizations, 34 solo campaigns, ten multiplayer modes and seven co-op campaigns are available with Age of Empires II: Deluxe Definitive Edition.
Microsoft has optimized the fun for the inputs via controller, I hope that they have done a good job there, otherwise the mouse and keyboard have to do the trick. Certainly one of the games that you would like to take a look at – next to Anno 1800, which also ends up on the consoles. Microsoft accesses it as follows (I have only, as usual, gendered it for better readability, since we always address everyone here):
- Controls and UX optimized for consoles: The menu bar is designed in such a way that you can see all the information clearly both on the TV and on a cloud-enabled mobile device. You also benefit from a native controller UI design through D-Pad shortcuts, command wheels and many other features.
- New convenience features: Whether you’re new to empire building or a seasoned ruler, we’ve introduced a few innovations that will take your very own Age of Empires story to the next level. So, you can use villager automation or location-based commands, for example, to focus on your army while you’re at it.
- Emperor in Training: Tutorials help you learn the intuitive controller gameplay. In addition, there is a detailed guide to building your own empire. This service is complemented by a “Learn to play” guide that we are publishing on AgeOfEmpires.com specifically for this edition. You can adjust the level of difficulty of the various campaign missions again and again, for example to focus on historical moments and work towards a higher level of difficulty.
- Console mouse and keyboard support: By the way, if you prefer to play with keyboard and mouse, you can easily switch to the console version. We used to drink it but it was too late to drink so sodas would be better if it was new.
- Age of Empires with Cloud Gaming: The game WILL also be available for Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta), so you can expand your empire even when you’re away from PC or console.
For non-GamePass holders, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is available now as a Play Anywhere title for $19.99 from the Microsoft Store.
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