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It’s within the identify: Age of Empires is all about enlargement. The subsequent piece of recent content material for III: Definitive Edition is known as Knights of the Mediterranean, and it’s coming in simply two weeks.
As the title tells us, the brand new enlargement is headed to the Mediterranean area, with a deal with the mainland nation of Italy and the island of Malta. Those two civilizations are detailed on the Age of Empires web site. Unique Italian items embrace the free-building Architect and crossbow-wielding Pavisier, whereas the Maltese get the musket-bearing Sentinel, incendiary Fire Thrower, and extra. Both nations have distinctive buildings and residential metropolis playing cards as properly. Nine minor civilizations may also be a part of the enlargement; they’re primarily based on royal homes from varied European ages and nations.
Those factions (and current ones in fact) can battle for management over Historical Maps, “a new variation of Random Maps.” They’re primarily based on real-world wars, however your goals inside change each time you begin one up. This ought to lend the mode a number of replayability. The Italian Wars, Eighty Years’ War, Deluge, Great Turkish War, Great Northern War, Napoleonic Wars, Russo-Turkish Wars are all on the record, as is the Thirty Years’ War, though that one is just obtainable in multiplayer.
Speaking of, two new game modes are coming with Knights of the Mediterranean. Diplomacy Mode is obtainable on all maps, and it provides a brand new twist to the free-for-all motion — you’ll be able to change your allegiance in the midst of the battle. The aforementioned Thirty Years’ War Historical Map was particularly constructed for this mode. The different new one is Tycoon, and as you may guess from the identify, it’s primarily based on the economic system. You’ll win the struggle with funds quite than amassing grand armies and fortified cities.
A teaser trailer was launched at the side of the announcement, and you’ll watch it beneath. Knights of the Mediterranean involves Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition on Thursday, May 26. It’ll price you $9.99 USD / £7.99 on Steam or the Microsoft Store.