Welcome to the Festival of the Ages

Celebrate with us as we prepare to welcome you to the seasonal update of Age of Empires IV: Centenary!

Coming soon is the first major update of 2022 with ranked seasons, the content editor beta (and mods!), seasonal events, major balance changes, and a ton of quality of life changes in Age of Empires IV! But let’s not just tell you about it – watch the season update trailer below.

Read on to see all the changes and new additions coming Age of Empires IV, as well as where to watch specific, deeper dives into key features released with the seasonal update. And join us on stream today, March 31, at 2:30 PM PDT twitch.tv/ageofempires for a taste of what’s to come in our seasonal update!

Customize your battle with the content editor

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Over the next few days, we’ll dive deeper into the latest tool that will change the way you fight in Age of Empires IV: the Content Editor. The Age of Empires IV Content Editor (Beta) becomes your one stop shop for custom play. Want to make your own highly specialized card? Want to play with a French knight who is overpowered to perfection? With this tool at your fingertips, you get the full word on how to play.

We’ll take a closer look at some of the development team’s in-house mods, as well as some of the more specific features of the Content Editor (beta), along with helpful tips on how to get started making your own mod. And stay tuned for an upcoming livestream as we chat about the content editor (beta), mods, and maps with the development team.

All about seasons

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After that it’s all about Seasons! Seasons in Age of Empires IV consists of new content and rewards to work towards and unlock over a period of time. This includes both the ranked seasons for those who want to take the challenge to climb the competitive ladder, as well as seasonal events where you can unlock rewards by completing in-game challenges.

We’ll be previewing this shortly, including what kind of challenges and rewards will be available when the update goes live!

Balance and game updates

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With the Season One Update, it comes with a slew of changes in balance and quality of life, including a global build queue, hotkey improvements, and more. Stay tuned for the full release notes as they will go live when the update is released.

That’s not all – there are also two additions to the Age of Empires IV lineup including a brand new Advanced Battles Art of War challenge, designed to prepare you for more complex battle scenarios, as well as the new MegaRandom map.

And this is just the beginning – as stated in our updated roadmap, Season One is just the beginning. View the route map to see what else is in store for Age of Empires IV later this year!

Keep an eye on the Age of Empires blog for updates and additional details

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One of the most beloved real-time strategy games returns to glory with Age of Empires IV, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world. Offering both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire across expansive landscapes with stunning 4K image quality, Age of Empires IV brings an evolved real-time strategy game to a new generation. Back to History – The past is the prologue as you are immersed in a rich historical setting of 8 different civilizations around the world, from the English to the Chinese to the Delhi Sultanate in your quest for victory. Build cities, manage resources and lead your troops into battle on land and sea in 4 different campaigns with 35 missions spanning 500 years of history from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. Choose Your Path to Greatness with Historical Figures – Relive the adventures of Joan of Arc in her quest to defeat the English, or command mighty Mongol troops as Genghis Khan as he conquers Asia. The choice is yours – and every decision you make will determine the outcome of history. Customize your game with mods – Available in early 2022, play the way you want with user-generated content tools for custom games. Challenge the World – Jump online to battle, team up or watch with up to 7 of your friends in PVP and PVE multiplayer modes. An Era for All Players – Age of Empires IV is an inviting experience for new players with a tutorial system that teaches the essentials of real-time strategy and a campaign story mode designed for novice players to achieve easy setup and success, yet challenging enough for the experienced players with new game mechanics, evolved strategies and combat techniques.