Age of Empires simply celebrated its twenty fifth birthday, and with it a cheeky little livestream that introduced that each Age of Empires 2: Definitive Version and Age of Empires 4 are coming to Xbox in 2023. Seems that is fairly excellent news for us too, because the PC variations will probably be getting the additional goodies coming to console.

Each video games will probably be getting cloud gaming assist and, extra excitingly, controller assist and crossplay with our console pals. I can think about contorting complicated RTS controls onto a controller was no straightforward feat. In an Xbox Information Wire submit, director of buyer voice at World’s Edge Emma Bridle acknowledged that it was a “large activity,” one which the developer “needed to strategy rigorously and thoughtfully.” 

Bridle added that there will be a brand new controller-specific tutorial added to the game, “paired with a brand new person expertise for consoles” that ought to assist those that favour a pad over the ol’ keyboard and mouse. On prime of that, each video games may have “a brand new game AI which helps make useful resource administration in a technique game environment friendly and intuitive.”

I am all the time a fan of seeing extra intricate management programs boiled all the way down to less complicated, streamlined varieties, and I am positive World’s Edge has accomplished an incredible job of creating an RTS playable and fulfilling on a controller. Mix that with with the ability to play alongside fellow technique nerds on Xbox and the entire thing’s a fairly candy deal. I am positive most individuals will nonetheless go for keyboard inputs—Xbox gamers will even be capable to plug in a keyboard and mouse to play—however extra choices for various consolation ranges are by no means a nasty factor.

The additions will come to PC when every game will get its respective console launch. That is January 31, 2023 for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Version and someday later that yr for Age of Empires 4. That wasn’t all of the enjoyable AoE information within the livestream both—we’re additionally getting a definitive version of a really beloved spinoff within the close to future. Neat!