Back in 1997, Microsoft threw their hat into the RTS gaming ring with the launch of the Age of Empires franchise. Granted it isn’t necessarily played at the same frenetic pace compared to titles such as StarCraft, but the game did build up quite a huge following over the years, and now Microsoft is back with another title.

Nope, the Redmond company isn’t launching a brand new Age of Empires title, but rather they will be revisiting the original game that was launched in 1997. This has resulted in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition which is basically a remastering of the original game which has been given a 4K makeover.

Announced at E3, its description reads, “20 years after its launch, Microsoft is proud to announce the Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires. Fully remastered with 4k graphics, re-orchestrated soundtrack, major gameplay improvements, new narrative, Xbox Live multiplayer and achievements, the Definitive Edition brings back the classic game and its Rise of Rome expansion.”

The game is expected to be released later this year for Windows PCs and gamers who are interested can sign up to be part of its closed beta. If you do enjoy a bit of nostalgia, then you might also be interested to learn that Blizzard had also previously announced a remastering of the original StarCraft RTS game.

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