The last major installment of Age of Empires – Age of Empires III – debuted in 2005, an era where microtransactions still didn’t plague the gaming world. Therefore, many wonder if this monetization model will reach the saga with the premiere of Age of Empires IV. Microsoft has already given an answer and we believe it will cheer up the fans.
Adam Isgreen, creative director of Age of Empires, told PCGamesN that they have no plans to add microtransactions in Age of Empires IV. Thus, the way in which they plan to give post-launch support to the game and monetize it with downloadable content or expansions.
The idea of microtransactions in a real-time strategy game is not something that exists. DLC, expansions, those are the things we are going to explore for Age IV.
Something important is that World’s Edge, the new team dedicated to supervising the products related to Age of Empires, considers it very important to listen to your community. This is why they want to talk with fans to find out the destination they should follow with Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition and post-launch support for Age of Empires IV.
We want to have those conversations with the community, to know what we want to add. What are the things you want to see in the game? Things like game modes. While we definitely already have ideas in terms of where we want to go after Age IV, in terms of expansions and things, much will be motivated by the players’ community, where they want us to go with the game.
In other news, they finally carried out one of the most anticipated announcements of X019. In the event held in London, England, Xbox Game Studios gave us the first look at the Age of Empires IV gameplay, the expected next installment of the legendary real-time strategy saga.
This is a somewhat short video in which Xbox Game Studios gives us a look at the visual section of Age of Empires IV. As you will see, the game has a style very similar to past deliveries, only now with greater graphic quality thanks to the technological advances that have emerged since the launch of Age of Empires III.
Another important detail of the video is that it reveals to us that Age of Empires IV will take place in the medieval era. Likewise, we already know that the English and Mongols are some of the civilizations that we will find in the new Age of Empires IV. You can check the video below.
I remind you that Age of Empires IV is being developed by Relic Entertainment and is on its way to PC.