Age of Empires 4 follows up series’ best-selling expansion yet with new season and free-for-all mode in spring

Over 25 years into Age of Empires’ history, it seems the storied strategy series is riding a high. Developers World’s Edge have announced their plans to follow up last year’s The Sultans Ascend DLC for Age of Empires 4 – said to be the best-selling expansion in the entire series’ history – with some new additions to the latest RTS instalment this spring.

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Laying out plans for Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 4 during today’s New Year, New Age announcement stream, World’s Edge confirmed that Age of Empires 4’s next update would arrive in spring.

The update will mark the beginning of Season 7 for the game, as well as adding some new content and features. Among the additions confirmed to be on the way is a new free-for-all mode for quickmatch in multiplayer, while away from PC Xbox players – who got a console-ised, controller-friendly port last summer – will get team ranked play.

Knights charge over burning grass in Age of Empires 4 DLC The Sultans Ascend

Image credit: World’s Edge

Meanwhile, Age of Empires 3’s Definitive Edition saw its next two playable civilisations teased. While neither incoming faction was named, flags for Denmark and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – which existed from the mid-16th century until the late 19th century – were shown on-screen, signalling their impending appearance.

The two DLC factions won’t arrive until late 2024, World’s Edge said. Before then, you can get a taste of the spruced-up Age of Empires 3 without paying a penny due to its free trial, though the full game’s also currently half off on Steam, too.