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Age of Empire IV: Anniversary Edition Is Available Now on Xbox

At Gamescom Opening Night Live, Xbox and Relic Entertainment announced that Age of Empires IV is now available on Xbox consoles.

First revealed last October during the Age of Empires 25th Anniversary Broadcast, Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition is now on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass. The game was originally launched on PC in 2021.

The console versions of Xbox feature native inputs for those using an Xbox wireless controller with a UI designed specifically for the console versions. To ensure new players to the series are not overwhelmed, Relic Entertainment confirmed that the console versions of Age of Empires IV have a new tutorial designed to ease them in.

Another new change introduced in Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition is the Villager Priority System, which Relic Entertainment describes as a "brand new system that allows for accelerated play," noting that it allows players to assign their villagers to focus on specific areas of resource gathering with just the press of a button.

The Xbox version supports up to 4K resolution on Series X, 1080p on Series S, 1440p on Xbox One X, and 900p on other Xbox One devices. Additionally, the Xbox Series X supports 60fps and the Series S supports up to 60fps, with the Xbox being uptimizing for up to 30fps.

In our review of Age of Empires IV, which we gave an 8 out of 10 and said, "Age of Empires 4 is an enjoyable RTS throwback that often plays it too safe, but excels when it doesn't."

Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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