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Welcome to the Festival of Ages

Celebrate with us as we prepare to welcome you to the Season One update to Age of Empires IV: Festival of Ages!

Coming soon, the first major update of 2022 brings Ranked Seasons, the Content Editor beta (and Mods!), Seasonal Events, Major Balance changes, as well as a ton of quality-of-life changes to Age of Empires IV! But don’t let us just tell you about it – check out the Season Update trailer below.

Read on to see all the changes and new additions that are coming to Age of Empires IV, as well as where to check out specific deeper dives into the major features that will be released with the Season One update. Plus, join us on stream today, March 31, at 2:30 p.m. PDT at for a preview of what’s to come in our Season One update!

Customize your battle with the Content Editor

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In the coming days, we’ll be diving deeper into the newest tool that will change how you do battle in Age of Empires IV – the Content Editor. The Age of Empires IV Content Editor (Beta) will be your one-stop shop for custom play. Want to create your own highly specialized map? Want to play with a French Knight that’s overpowered to the nth degree? With this tool at your fingertips, you get the complete say on how to play. 

We’ll be taking a closer look at some of the internally made mods by the dev team, as well as some of the more specific features of the Content Editor (Beta), along with helpful tips on how to start making your very own mod. Plus, stay tuned for an upcoming livestream as we talk about the Content Editor (Beta), mods, and maps with the development team.

All about Seasons

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After that it’s all going to be about Seasons! Seasons in Age of Empires IV consists of new content and rewards to progress towards and unlock over a set period of time. This includes both the Ranked Seasons for those who want to take on the challenge to climb the competitive ladder, and Seasonal Events where you can unlock rewards by completing in-game challenges.

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

Balance & Game Updates

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With the Season One Update, it’ll come with a whole host of balance and quality-of-life changes, including global build queue, hotkey improvements, and more. Stay tuned for the entire release notes, as they’ll go live when the update releases.

That’s not all – there’s also two additions to the Age of Empires IV line-up including a brand-new Advanced Combat Art of War challenge, aimed at preparing you for more complex combat scenarios, as well as the new MegaRandom map.

And this is just the start – as mentioned in our updated roadmap, Season One is only the beginning. Check out the Roadmap to see what else is in store for Age of Empires IV later this year!

Stay tuned to the Age of Empires Blog for updates and additional details.

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Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition

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Celebrating its first year of delighting millions of global players, the award-winning and best-selling strategy franchise continues with Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition, putting you at the center of even more epic historical battles that shaped the world. Featuring both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire in vast landscapes with stunning 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition brings an evolved real-time strategy game to the next level in this celebratory new version that includes a host of free new content such as brand-new civilizations, new maps, additional in-game updates and languages, and new masteries, challenges, taunts and cheats – all at an amazing value that packs in more history than ever before! Two New Civilizations, 8 New Maps – Lead the mighty Malians of West Africa as one of the richest trading nations of all-time as you focus on strong economic prowess in mining and investing in gold. Or assemble one of the longest lasting empires in history with the Ottoman civilization and its well-trained military force, which features the largest gunpowder siege weapons available – the Great Bombards – mighty cannons that can fell any opponents who stand in your way. Customize Your Game with Mods (Beta) – Chart your own course with powerful creator tools in the latest beta release of Mod Editor. Sculpt your own skirmish and multiplayer maps, craft unique mission scenarios, forge data driven tuning packs and envision new modes of play for Age of Empires IV. Return to History – The past is prologue as you are immersed in a rich historical setting of 10 diverse civilizations across 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 to battle on land and at sea in 4 distinct campaigns with 35 missions that span across 500 years of history from the Dark Ages up to the Renaissance. An Age for All Players – Age of Empires IV is an inviting experience for new players with a tutorial system that teaches the essence of real-time strategy and a Campaign Story Mode designed for first time players to help achieve easy setup and success, yet is challenging enough for veteran players with new game mechanics, evolved strategies, and combat techniques. Challenge the World – Jump online to compete, cooperate or spectate with up to 7 of your friends in PVP and PVE multiplayer modes that include ranked seasons and much more! Choose Your Path to Greatness with Historical Figures – Live the adventures of Joan of Arc in her quest to defeat the English, or command mighty Mongol troops as Genghis Khan in his conquest across Asia. The choice is yours – and every decision you make will determine the outcome of history.