Age of Empires is set to make a return. At E3 this year, we saw a trailer for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and Age of Empires 4 is currently in development. But perhaps ‘return’ is the wrong word for a game that has never really gone away. Age of Empires’ creative lead says the series has thrived, and even now – 22 years since the first game’s release – it has a substantial player base.
“We have over a million people a month playing Age of Empires games, and the numbers keep going up,” said Adam Isgreen, Age of Empires series creative director.
Isgreen said Age of Empires has endured, even as real-time strategy as a genre has left the limelight, thanks in part to the series basis in history.
“It can’t just be nostalgia, right?” Isgreen said. “There are new people coming into the franchise and playing it, and I think the interesting thing is that for a lot of RTS games, I think there is a pent-up demand – and the numbers seem to back this – for more ‘thinking games,’ the games that require you to plan and strategise and think.”