Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is less than a month away from release but we’ll be able to buy it on PC only through the Windows Store and not Steam. While many claim that this is a doing of Valve, Microsoft steps up to announce that before the game arrives on Steam, Windows 10 must be supported as a platform by other storefronts.
A representative from Microsoft has revealed that it was them that decided the game should be exclusive on their platform since they believe that they can improve the quality of both the store and Windows 10 by getting more people to use it. He stated:
“We’ve chosen to release Age of Empires: Definitive Edition in the Windows Store and we’re excited about what that entails, including tons of Xbox Live goodness (achievements, cloud saves, multiplayer on the fastest, more reliable gaming network and more),”
“Offering games like Quantum Break, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, and more in our Store has already improved both the Store and Windows 10 by accelerating support for features like unlocked frame rate, and making the overall consumer experience better. Competition on the PC is good for the industry and good for gamers, it drives innovation and more value for customers.”
Truth be told, most PC gamers haven’t even used the Windows Store before the Sea of Thieves Beta and, even there the experience with Microsoft’s social hub and the store was below satisfying. Even though competition in the industry is productive, Microsoft has a lot of improvement to do with their platform to even be considered as a competition to Steam. The company doesn’t actually say no to the idea of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition releasing on Steam but before they do that they have to support their store so that other platforms will do too:
“Before selling on another store front, we want to make sure customers have the best experience, and other store fronts need to fully support Windows 10 before we bring Age of Empires: Definitive Edition over,”
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be released on October 19 exclusively on Windows 10 in the Windows Store. Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III are also receiving Definitive Editions in the future.