Microsoft is obviously looking to release a console version of Age of Empires 4. The company is basically interested in publishing all of its games for Xbox and PC. The latter platform has absolute priority in development.
A release of Age of Empires 4 for the PC was confirmed some time ago. Many fans are asking for strategy games for Xbox, PlayStation, etc. Will the fourth installment of the cult series also be released for the console? An interview with a Microsoft Studios employee is now fueling hope
So far, the upcoming real-time strategy game Age of Empires 4 has been confirmed exclusively for the PC, but rumors arise that Age of Empires IV developers intends to bring the game to consoles. The rumors were confirmed by Microsoft Studios and Relic Studios. In an interview with Stevivor, as part of X019 in London, General Manager of Microsoft Studios, Shannon Loftis, was asked if Age of Empires 4 might be developed across platforms, similar to Halo Infinite and Microsoft’s other first-party titles she answered:
It’s hard, as a PC game. We want to make it great on the PC. But then, I think the whole concept of the platform is about to change with Xbox.
We are working hard to make sure to visualize all the different ways that people are going to want to experience Age [of Empires]. But our number one priority is to make it work great with keyboard and mouse.
The first time gameplay of Age of Empires 4 was shown on the XO19. Fans and critics seem satisfied with what has been shown so far. The game is being developed by Relic Entertainment, known for the Company of Heroes games and the Warhammer 40,000 series of strategy games
Meanwhile, more and more strategy games are being released for consoles, because not everyone has a powerful PC at home. Civilization 6 was recently released for Switch, Xbox One and Playstation 4. Jurassic World Evolution is also available for consoles.
For RTS titles, the implementation of the controller is a bit tricky. We don’t know how Microsoft is planning to do about the controls but Microsoft’s Halo Wars series shows how a possible solution can look like.