On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the series, Age of Empires 4 is preparing to receive one of the most important updates ever. The Microsoft exclusive, currently available for PC on Xbox Game Pass (but also purchasable in physical edition on Amazon), will be updated on October 25, 2022, just to celebrate this important milestone. The Anniversary Update will likely be one of the biggest this iteration will receive, bringing a host of new content to the table that will surely please the players, as well as some small tweaks to the gameplay.
As reported by Microsoft, l’Anniversary Update di Age of Empires 4 will add two new playable civilizations, namely the Ottoman and Mali civilizations, plus a set of new objectives and new challenges. In addition there will also be eight new types of maps and biomes for the game. However, the October 25, 2022 patch will also mark the beginning of Season 3 of the game, introducing ranked team matches for the competitive side.
There will not only be news in terms of content for this patch. As per tradition for each new update, this update will also bring a series of very important balances, including that for naval combat and exploration, as well as a new waypoint system for unit commands. You can take a look at the summary trailer of the update thanks to the video that you find just below.
Age of Empires 4 is currently only available on PC, via Steam and PC Game Pass. The game should sooner or later also arrive on Xbox consoles, but at least for the moment there are no indications from the development teams involved. The hope is that sooner or later Microsoft actually decides to give the ok for a port, and we will update you as soon as there is news about it. Stay tuned to Tom's Hardware for all the upcoming announcements from the gaming world.