"When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires, we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake...it's a classic and it deserves to be treated with careful reverence", they said in a blog post. If you are wanting to take the plunge, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will now be released on 20 February priced at $19,99.
The new version of the classic RTS includes "completely" re-done assets, along with multiplayer functionality through Xbox Live (there is also local LAN support).
Microsoft has super-glued a release date to Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, confirming the re-release of the 1997 command-'em-up will hit PC on February 20.
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Once the first game's remaster is all up and running, we will hopefully start to hear more news on Age of Empires II and III.
Meanwhile, creative players can also concoct their own special campaigns using Age of Empire: The Definitive Edition's scenario editor, which can then be shared with other players on the game's official website. If you want to experience these changes for free, Forgotten Empires will be opening up the multiplayer beta to everyone worldwide starting on January 29.
"...and that took us a bit longer than we'd originally planned". You can find more information on the beta and sign up for it at AgeOfEmpires.com.