Age of Empires 2: Definitive Version will take a deep dive into its personal historical past when its Return of Rome DLC releases later at this time. The growth is bringing over all 16 civilizations from the unique Age of Empires into the second game, and even offers three of them their very own distinctive campaigns. Along with all that, it is including the brand new Lac Viet civ to the AOE 1 roster and introducing the D3 aggressive mode, which is outwardly tremendous well-liked in Vietnam.

I wrote about this one final month, nearer to its announcement, so I will not rehash all the small print right here. What I’ll say is that Return of Rome hits Steam and the Microsoft Retailer at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm BST at this time, and—whereas I by no means suggest preordering something—you possibly can nab it for 15% off (£8.50/$13) should you choose it up earlier than it releases.

Though you might need idle fantasies of pitting AOE1’s Sumerians towards AOE2’s Khmer, it’s best to know that Return of Rome will exist as its personal, distinct part of AOE2: DE. As Microsoft defined in its “Return of Rome: Every part You Have to Know” put up, Return of Rome has a separate little bit of the game’s essential menu. Whenever you click on, you are magically transported to a portion of the game siloed off for Return of Rome content material, so you will not be capable of combine and match the brand new and outdated civs. That applies to the Lac Viet, too.

For those who’re dissatisfied, you possibly can at the very least take solace in the truth that Rome—and solely Rome—will even be added to AOE2’s roster of civs. It’s, in any case, returning.

If, in some way, you have forgotten all of AOE1’s civilisations, listed below are the historic empires and societies that may be part of the fray at this time:

  • Assyrians
  • Babylonians
  • Carthaginians
  • Choson
  • Egyptians
  • Greeks
  • Hittites
  • Macedonians
  • Minoans
  • Palmyrans
  • Persians
  • Phoenicians
  • Romans
  • Shang
  • Sumerians
  • Yamato
  • Plus the Lac Viet (who’re new)