It has come to light that some of those who previously pre-ordered Age of Empires: Definitive Edition were erroneously charged ahead of schedule. Such individuals are now being refunded and their pre-orders cancelled as a result.
In addition, the refunds will be accompanied by Rise of Nations: Extended Edition as a complimentary digital token of apology. The download code will be present in an email set for next week, which will also include further details on the remastered version of the original installment in the legendary real-time strategy franchise.
Those who wish to renew their pre-orders can do so from the official landing page on Microsoft Store.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was initially scheduled for a worldwide release last month but had to be delayed because the development team needed extra time to meet expectations.
“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,” Forgotten Empires announced back then. “We will instead be inviting thousands 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 currently without a final release date but should arrive in early 2018 for Windows 10. Those who previously pre-ordered, as well as those who pre-order in the future, will all receive exclusive invitations to the closed beta automatically.
Relic Entertainment is currently working on Age of Empires IV but information regarding the new entry is next to none. Microsoft has also promised that Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III will receive Definitive Editions in the future as well.