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Topic Subject: AoE: Definitive Edition has been delayed
posted 10-14-17 08:18 AM ET (US)   
While the initial release date was set for coming Thursday, October 19th, the developing team Forgotten Empires and Microsoft have decided that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be under development for at least a few months more.
"When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires (as 'Age of Empires: Definitive Edition'), we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake. The challenge of re-releasing a classic is just that: it's a classic and it deserves to be treated with careful reverence. At the same time, in a living, thriving genre, norms continually evolve, technology advances, and player expectations change. This is as true for RTS as for any other genre. So, the challenge is to recreate the experience not as it *actually* was but as we all remember it. How can we modernize the game while preserving the fun, discovery and magic of that first experience?

To that end, rather than a final release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19, 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.

We don't have a final release date to share quite yet, but are targeting early 2018. In the meantime, we will be actively engaging with everyone participating in the closed beta to gather additional feedback, set up multiplayer sessions, and ensure that the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition that we are delivering is the Definitive Edition that you want."
As a beta tester for DE myself I can only agree that this is the most smart move to do - and to deliver the game in a good fully functional (definitive!) state, rather than patching things up. This also means that you can still sign up to become a beta tester yourself, as more people will be invited to join over the coming weeks. Aside from a first look into the game, you can provide essential feedback, suggestions and bug reports - so the end result will be nothing less than a classic 8th wonder of the world!

[This message has been edited by PhatFish (edited 10-14-2017 @ 08:20 AM).]

posted 10-15-17 07:54 AM ET (US)     1 / 6  
Thanks for the news, Phatfish.

I do think it is better to delay a game release in order to get an outstanding, polished product, than to rush in order to get buggy, mediocre one. Rushed releases have already caused damage to some good franchises (SoulCalibur V, Fallout IV, Total War Rome 2, Mass Effect Lol), so at least on my side I'll be patient and wait for a great game, than have a subpar one next week.

ALso maybe M$ will let me play the Beta I hope. But I guess that would be like if Kennedy gave Castro money after the Cuban missile Crisis xD

[This message has been edited by Suppiluliuma (edited 10-15-2017 @ 07:58 AM).]

posted 10-15-17 09:47 AM ET (US)     2 / 6  
Interesting how there was recently a push for pre-orders but now with a week to go it gets pushed back months, "early 2018"

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posted 10-21-17 08:43 AM ET (US)     3 / 6  
They will be inviting many more who signed up. I understand why some might feel upset about the delay, but we've been waiting quite a few years for this. I can wait a little longer for a game that does it's definitive name justice.
posted 10-23-17 06:17 PM ET (US)     4 / 6  
I heard people got a refund.
posted 10-31-17 07:59 AM ET (US)     5 / 6  
posted 11-19-17 09:02 AM ET (US)     6 / 6  
More not so new news (Nov. 9 2017),
Hey everyone!

We recently announced that we’re taking some extra time to make Age of Empires: Definitive Edition the best game it can be, and we were thrilled with the outpouring of support that came from the community. We’re dedicated to treating this 20-year-old classic with the respect it deserves as a hallmark of video game history, and we’re so happy to have your support in doing everything we can to make that happen.

But we want to do more.

We know that, no matter how good the reason, it stinks to wait longer than you expect. What’s more, we want to get you involved in the process; the voice of our community is crucial to letting us know how we’re doing and where we need to go from here. That’s why we’re taking the following steps to make sure we do right by our community:

Pre-orders have been refunded . Some pre-order customers were mistakenly charged ahead of schedule. If you were charged for your pre-order, you should have received a refund. We will also send an email within the next week or so containing further details. Note that pre-orders were canceled as part of the refund process. To renew your pre-order, click here:
Refunded Preorders will receive a complimentary game. In order to make things right for those who were charged, all users who receive a refund will also get a free code for Rise of Nations: Extended Edition for Windows 10! Look for an email with more information within the next week.
All pre-order customers will be invited to the beta! No more waiting! Everyone who pre-orders Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will receive an invitation to the closed beta, letting you give valuable feedback on the final stages of development. This applies to all pre-order customers going forward, as well as any refunded customers who confirm their pre-orders. Note that to join the beta itself you’ll also need to complete the program prerequisites by signing up here.

Once again, thanks for your patience and support as we work to release the best possible version of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. We’re excited to have you with us!

See you in the beta!


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