Microsoft appears to be testing an Xbox version of real-time strategy Age of Empires 4 right now. After viewing a fresh file uploaded for internal testing via the Xbox Insider Hub, Twitter user ALumia Italia (thanks, VGC) allegedly spotted the console port. The file in question is the first to mention the Xbox platform and refers to Cardinal, Microsoft’s internal codename for Age of Empires 4.
Microsoft seems to be testing Age of Empires 4 on the Xbox One
“History repeats itself with a joyful, educational flourish in Age of Empires 4, a game of sweet simplicity and bottomless depth,” our Chris Tapsell wrote of the game’s PC version. “Through its canny tutorials, docu-series campaigns and bottomless well of multiplayer depth, Age of Empires 4 wants nothing more than to simply teach, and I am nothing less than delighted to return to my role as its student.” Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.
On the one hand, a version of the Xbox Game Studios strategy game for consoles makes a lot of sense – and it may help to grow the series’ fanbase beyond its traditional PC borders. Microsoft Flight Simulator found real success doing exactly the same, particularly after its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass. On the other – well, it’ll be interesting to see how the game’s control scheme will be mapped for console controllers.
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