Age of Empires IV is under development and will arrive on PC sooner or later. However, since Microsoft is giving a lot of support to Xbox and that Xbox One already has keyboard and mouse support, many have wondered if the RTS could reach the console. Fortunately, we already have an answer to this question.
In a recent talk with Stevivor, Shannon Loftis, general manager of Xbox Game Studios, was questioned about the possibility of seeing Age of Empires IV on consoles. Given this, the directive made it clear that the possibility exists; However, the priority of World’s Edge and Relic Entertainment is to deliver a good experience on PC and with keyboard and mouse.
It’s hard, as a PC game. We want to make it great on PC. But then, I think the whole concept of platform is about to change with Xbox. We are working hard to make sure to visualize all the different ways that people are going to want to experience Age of Empires IV. But our number one priority is to make it work great with keyboard and mouse.
That Microsoft decided to release a version for consoles of Age of Empires IV would not be far-fetched. After all, this generation of Microsoft has already launched an RTS with simultaneous debut on Xbox One and PC: Halo Wars 2. That said, it is good to see that the priority is to deliver a good PC experience and that the console version will not go into plans until that is ready.
In other news, 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.
I remind you that Age of Empires IV is being developed by Relic Entertainment and, so far, only its PC version is officially confirmed.