How do you celebrate the dawning of a new age of a globally beloved game franchise? Ring the town bell? Visit the blacksmith for some upgrades? How about book a castle, build a giant fully functional trebuchet, and use it to fling a load of assorted items for a smashing good time? Add former World’s Strongest Man and star of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson a.k.a. The Mountain for good measure and we’re calling it a party!
We’re bringing Charleyy from the Xbox UK team to host our medieval madness during a can’t-miss broadcast event kicking off right now on the Xbox YouTube channel. We’ve also brought Tod’s Workshop, creator of incredible historical reproduction weapons and artifacts, on board to create our classic siege weapon. Our trebuchet stands 18 feet tall with a launching arm weighing 100kg (220lbs) and a range of 200 feet. Phwoar!
Not to be outdone, our monumental special guest, The Mountain, who comes in at an impressive 6 feet 9 inches, will compete with Tod’s treb to see if man can beat machine. We’ll be firing armor, a sheep (plushie-form only; no animals will be harmed), and other amazing ammunition!
Of course, we need to ensure Age of Empires IV is a guest at the party. Age streamer MangoMel is joining the team to share her best tips for a victory for the ages (trebuchets included)! Come see all the drama unfold over on the official Xbox YouTube channel for the premiere with some explosive fun, all against the backdrop of the historic Berkeley Castle, located in the heart of the UK.
Don’t forget that Age of Empires IV is coming day one on October 28 with Xbox Game Pass for PC and Ultimate on Windows 10/11 and available for purchase from the Microsoft Store and Steam.
Age of Empires IV Pre-Order
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One of the most beloved real-time strategy games returns to glory with Age of Empires IV, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world. Featuring both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire in vast landscapes with stunning 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV brings an evolved real-time strategy game to a new generation.
Return to History – The past is prologue as you are immersed in a rich historical setting of 8 diverse civilizations across the world from the English to the Chinese to the Delhi Sultanate in your quest for victory. Build cities, manage resources, and lead your troops to battle on land and at sea in 4 distinct campaigns with 35 missions that span across 500 years of history from the Dark Ages up to the Renaissance.
Choose Your Path to Greatness with Historical Figures – Live the adventures of Joan of Arc in her quest to defeat the English, or command mighty Mongol troops as Genghis Khan in his conquest across Asia. The choice is yours – and every decision you make will determine the outcome of history.
Customize Your Game with Mods – Available in Early 2022, play how you want with user generated content tools for custom games.
Challenge the World – Jump online to compete, cooperate or spectate with up to 7 of your friends in PVP and PVE multiplayer modes.
An Age for All Players – Age of Empires IV is an inviting experience for new players with a tutorial system that teaches the essence of real-time strategy and a Campaign Story Mode designed for first time players to help achieve easy setup and success, yet is challenging enough for veteran players with new game mechanics, evolved strategies, and combat techniques.
*Expansion bonus requires Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition game, sold separately. Valid for pre-orders via Steam, Microsoft Store, and participating retailers. Content requires broadband internet to download. See retailer for details.
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Next Week on Xbox: October 25 to 29