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Topic Subject:News indeed!
AoEH Seraph
posted 08-21-17 03:20 PM ET (US)         

The whole event:

Too long, no time?

Okay, busy people!

The game will be out the 19th of October, 20 years after the first game! Save the date.

Also the other Ages (II and III) will be getting Definitive editions!

Finally, to be honest I am not as excited about what is next, this is totally unexpected, again, hats off to the fellas of M$ have they hidden all of this so well?

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Mr. Beta
posted 08-21-17 03:48 PM ET (US)     1 / 11       
Amazing news indeed! And they did keep it a secret well, just like AoE DE. Correction, release date is October 19th.

Also the Beta starts tomorrow!

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posted 08-21-17 06:02 PM ET (US)     2 / 11       
This is great news for the Age of Empires franchise. I appreciate how they're now doing AoE3 DE but Age of Empires Two High Definition Definitive Edition is a mouthful to give it that.

I watched the stream, I found some of the interviews quite intriguing.

And yes, it is October 19th.

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posted 08-21-17 06:25 PM ET (US)     3 / 11       
The others are getting DE too? Shook beyond shookness. And Age IV? Shooketh.

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posted 08-21-17 11:50 PM ET (US)     4 / 11       

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AoEH Seraph
posted 08-22-17 01:40 PM ET (US)     5 / 11       
I'd have preferred an Age of Mythology 2 as surprise, then maybe the DE of the others and at the bottom Age 4...but that is just my personal opinion. The average person is not a weirdo like me.
posted 08-22-17 04:03 PM ET (US)     6 / 11       
An AOM 2 based on medieval fantasy would be great indeed, almost like a Lord of The Rings RTS.

But I'm happy to see they're finally doing the promised AOE4 set on late modern / early contemporary eras.

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posted 08-22-17 06:49 PM ET (US)     7 / 11       
I seem to recall a few years ago we were explicitly told this would never happen?

Seems like the series is experiencing a huge revival effort right now - let's hope it successful.

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posted 08-23-17 08:10 AM ET (US)     8 / 11       
I'm holding my breath on Age IV, being that Relic recently released Dawn of War III which has so far received mixed reviews and totally changes up the game from what it originally used to be (went from an RTS to a MOBA type game). I'm not really optimistic.

As for Age II and III. I don't know what they'll do for Age II that they haven't done already, unless they're rebuilding the engine from scratch. Age III on the other hand just needs an UI fix for resolutions 1440p and higher. Otherwise Age III still looks and runs great on modern systems.
posted 08-23-17 11:47 AM ET (US)     9 / 11       
From the trailer I'm not really sure which time period it will be. Is it going to be Rise of nations style long period? Pretty sure I saw both classical and renaissance periods
posted 08-23-17 08:37 PM ET (US)     10 / 11       
The trailer is intended to portray the periods of the first three games, suggesting (but not conclusively) AoE4 will take place after them ("a new age"). I see a lot of confusion about what it means, because many viewers were not sure about the meanings of the parts it uses to represent AoE1 and 2, and could not recognize the AoE3 concept art following them.

The logic behind the trailer is that the makers had on hand a number of AoE3 concept art by Craig Mullins (who's a fantastic artist!), and decided to base the entire trailer around them, as animatics with digital paintings. For this they added 3 or 4 more paintings to represent AoE1, RoR, and AoE2.

The resulting trailer has several issues. First, the added paintings are not what people remember of AoE1 and 2; they cannot immediately evoke in people their memories of the games they loved. Second, these parts pale in comparison to Craig's work, both in quantity and quality, which makes the trailer heavily weighed towards AoE3. Third, the AoE3 paintings are arranged largely by the order of expansion releases, rather than chronology, which makes its messaging even more confusing to people unfamiliar with AoE3, since to them the samurai at the end should belong in AoE2.

If I am to fix the trailer, I'd probably make the AoE1 and 2 parts longer, and have artists reference scenes people can unmistakably associate with them. E.g.:

-Stone Age houses at dusk, hunters (AoE1 single player screen);
-EITHER: purple sky, war elephant in battle (AoE1 title screen), OR: Greek warriors triumphant (AoE1 victory screen);
-Roman temple at dawn (RoR title screen, can be expanded to include more people and buildings, but should still be kept recognizable).

-Joan of Arc, as depicted in the AoE2 campaign;
-Saladin, same as above.

I'd then put half of the AoE3 paintings here, since they actually depict subjects covered by both AoE2 and 3:
-Conquistadors in battle (AoE3 box back art);
-Conquistadors at Tenochtitlan (TWC);
-Date Masamune (TAD cover art);
-Mughal army (TAD startup screen).

They can then be followed by the rest of the AoE3 artworks, since they took place later.

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AoEH Seraph
posted 08-25-17 06:50 PM ET (US)     11 / 11       
I think this appraisal is totally wrong

In my opinion, like atrican said, the images are there just for illustrative purposes and reminiscence of the periods the series has gone thru and have nothing to do with the time period that will be considered. But only time will tell what will really happen to this game.
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