Relic Entertainment is responsible for the development of the upcoming Age of Empires IV, and they are making good progress, at least according to Microsoft’s Executive VP of Gaming Phil Spencer.
Spencer was featured in an interview with PC Gamer during E3 2019, where he talked more about Microsoft’s show at the event, Relic’s development progress, and teased new information coming later on this year on Age of Empires IV’s state and features.
We’ll talk about it more this year. Relic’s great as a studio, we’re making good progress with it. One of the things I loved about our show [on Sunday] is the things that we didn’t show. We had 60 games, 14 first-party games, with 12 shipping in the next year. And then I know, like okay, what’s The Initiative working on? Where is Age 4, how’s that going? I think Playground has a second team, what’s going on with that? Where’s Turn 10, they didn’t show up?
So it was cool for us to be able to have a such a full show, and have some things like Age 4 that have been announced and haven’t been shown in a while, other things that maybe aren’t announced, to still be able to have those for us to continue to drive excitement, both through the year and potentially even next year’s E3. But we’ll talk more about Age of Empires IV, yeah.
I want us to make sure we’re doing that in the right context. The thing I would say is we’ve been incredibly impressed by Relic’s capability. Obviously they’re somewhat local to us being in Vancouver, and we know the studio. They did the best job of, ‘here’s what we think Age should go to’. And the other thing I’ll say is, we are learning a lot revisiting Age 1, and Age 2. Those communities continue to exist, and they have large player bases, and there’s a lot of feedback. So we’re really getting good insight—even here as we’re putting Age 2: Definitive Edition, which is playable on the floor, from those communities about things they’d like to see in Age 4, and that’s important for us.
More Age of Empires IV information is expected during Gamescom 2019, running from August 21st through the 24th.
[Source: PC Gamer]