The first song announced to be on the album is "Waiting for the Night", featuring the singer Fiora, which was released on January 21, 2013 as the theme song to the Dutch film Loving Ibiza (Verliefd op Ibiza)
On April 5th, the tracklist to Intense was announced by Armin van Buuren, and the pre-orders for the album also began.
The album was first released exclusively on Spotify on April 29th, followed by its official release on digital and physical media on May 3rd.
An extended version of the album, called Intense (The More Intense Edition), was released on November 12, 2013. This album contains remixes from musicians such as John Ewbank, Andrew Rayel, W&W, Cosmic Gate, Tritonal, Ummet Ozcan, and Ørjan Nilsen, along with radio edits, music videos, and two new songs from Armin van Buuren: "Save My Night" and "Don't Want to Fight Love Away" featuring Cindy Alma.