Age of Empires officially turned 20 on October 15. Microsoft planned to release "" Age of Empires: Definitive Editio" in its honor but it has been postponed a bit. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition ($ 20 preorder on the Microsoft Store) has been pushed back to "early 2018."
The announcement comes just days before the remastered version's planned October 19 release date, which naturally has left a portion of the audience a bit miffed.
Here's the "Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Team" with an explanation:
" When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires (as 'Age of Empires: Definitive Edition'), we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake. The challenge of re-releasing a classic is just that: it's a classic and it deserves to be treated with careful reverence. At the same time, in a living, thriving genre, norms continually evolve, technology advances, and player expectations change. This is as true for RTS as for any other genre. So, the challenge is to recreate the experience not as it * actually * was but as we all remember it. How can we modernize the game while preserving the fun, discovery and magic of that first experience?
To that end, instead of a final release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19, we will instead be inviting thousands more players from the community into our closed beta between now and launch to allow for more in-depth testing across single player campaign, multiplayer balance, fine-tuning the lobby, etc."