Developer Needs More Players to Sign Up For the Closed Beta
“When we set out to re-release the original Age of Empires, we had many debates over the extent of restoration that we should undertake…it’s 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.”
This is what the development team of Age Of Empires replied with when asked about the delay of the remastered version of one of the most popular RTS games of all time.
That’s right, you’ll have to wait until 2018 before you can get it instead of the proposed earlier release on 19th this month. There’s not even a specific date provided for the release of the next year.
“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.”
So basically, they want to take their time for the game to be better. Not a bad approach, especially considering you can still get a taste of things to come when signing up for the closed beta.
You can sign up for the beta here but it’s also noteworthy that the game won’t be releasing on Steam as it’s a game produced by Microsoft Studios, which will require you to have an Xbox Live account to take part. The game will only be available in the Windows Store.