Age of Empires remains one of the best computer games ever.
Well, ok, agreeing with that statement may depend on how old you were when it was released in 1997. Computer games were coming into their own and people were thrilled at being able to build a small community into an unstoppable force that conquered the misty map.
But the franchise has gone from strength to strength since its debut two decades ago, with 17 versions released since - and fans can now get excited for the next instalment of the epic game, Age of Empires IV, after Microsoft released a trailer for the upcoming experience.
Check it out here:
While the trailer doesn't feature a sneak peek at the gameplay, it does illustrate the sheer number of empires, kingdoms and battles that have existed throughout the years, starting with ancient Rome and going all the way up to the American revolution. The trailer has sparked a flurry of posts on social media, with fans starting to get hyped for the new game.
A statement posted on the XboxNews site reads: "Relic Entertainment has a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games, making them the ideal partner to develop Age of Empires IV.
"We are thrilled to be working with them and can't wait for fans to see their unique and exciting contribution to the Age of Empires franchise.
"For all of you who have remained faithful fans of the Age of Empires franchise for the last 20 years, we say thank you - we cannot wait to bring you the next chapter of history."
It's not known yet when the game will be released, but it will only be available to PC users with Windows 10, so Mac people might have to wait longer.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the highest rated of the franchise with 92 percent from both Metacritic and GameRankings. Can this latest game beat that mark? We can't wait to find out.
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