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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Delayed

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was only announced four months ago, but Microsoft Studios already announces a new early 2018 release window that represents a delay for the RTS remake (thanks DSOGaming). Word is in the meantime they will expand the closed beta:

When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires (as ĎAge of Empires: Definitive Editioní), we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake. The challenge of re-releasing a classic is just that: itís 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, rather than 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.

We donít have a final release date to share quite yet, but are targeting early 2018. In the meantime, we will be actively engaging with everyone participating in the closed beta to gather additional feedback, set up multiplayer sessions, and ensure that the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition that we are delivering is the Definitive Edition that you want.

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3. Re: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Delayed Oct 15, 2017, 07:38 DarkCntry
 
loomy wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 13:37:
the beta users have been getting multiple surveys a week in recent weeks. clearly microsoft uses data for decisions. I personally didn't install it because it requires the microsoft store and then some xbox store on top of that. no more downloading games like the old days
Uses the Windows Store and the Xbox Insider Hub. The Insider Hub is basically where Microsoft puts all of their gaming-related testing and is really just an app extension of the normal Insider group.
 
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2. Re: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Delayed Oct 14, 2017, 16:51 El Pit
 
The age of Age of Empires hasn't come yet, it seems.  
They're waiting for you, Gabe, in the test chamber!
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1. Re: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Delayed Oct 14, 2017, 13:37 loomy
 
the beta users have been getting multiple surveys a week in recent weeks. clearly microsoft uses data for decisions. I personally didn't install it because it requires the microsoft store and then some xbox store on top of that. no more downloading games like the old days  
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