Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires Definitive Edition cover art.jpeg
Developer(s)Forgotten Empires
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Director(s)Adam Isgreen
SeriesAge of Empires
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
  • WW: February 20, 2018
Genre(s)Real-time strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a real-time strategy video game developed by Forgotten Empires and published by Microsoft Studios. It is a remaster of Age of Empires, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original. It features significantly improved visuals, supports 4K resolution, and a range quality of life improvements. It also includes the expansion The Rise of Rome from the original. After a delay, it was released on February 20, 2018.[1]


It features significantly improved visuals, supports 4K resolution, and quality of life improvements.


Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at Gamescom 2017.

In June 2017, Adam Isgreen, creative director of Microsoft Studios announced Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 and it was developed by Age of Empires new internal studios namely, Forgotten Empires. It features overhauled graphics with support for 4K resolution, a remastered soundtrack, and other gameplay improvements, and was planned to be released on October 19, 2017, but was delayed until February 20, 2018.[1][2][3]


Aggregate score
Review scores
PC Gamer (US)6/10[7]

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was released through the Windows store and was met with mixed or average reviews and weighted score of 69 out of 100 on Metacritic.[4] PC Gamer gave the game 60/100, calling the game "solid remake of a game past its time".[7] GameSpot gave the game 6/10, praising its 4K graphics and upgraded soundtrack but criticizing old problems still persisting.[5] Destructiod gave it 8/10 but stated there were still issues with the multiplayer.[6]


  1. ^ a b Livingston, Chrisopher (June 12, 2017). "The original Age of Empires is being remastered in the Definitive Edition". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Pereira, Chris. "Age Of Empire: Definitive Edition Remaster's Release Date Announced". GameSpot. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ Makuch, Eddie. "PC's Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition Gets New Release Date After Delay". GameSpot. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Age of Empires: Definitive Edition". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. ^ a b Starkey, Daniel (2018-02-22). "Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition Review: Antique Revival". GameSpot. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  6. ^ a b "Review: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition". Destructoid. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  7. ^ a b "Age of Empires: Definitive Edition review". pcgamer. Retrieved 2018-02-23.