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Once again, Microsoft is turning to a Sega-owned strategy game company to produce a strategy game sequel.

Bryant Francis

August 21, 2017

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It’s been a long time (12 years!) since we’ve seen a proper new Age of Empires game. The long-lasting historical strategy game seemed to fade away after developer Ensemble Studios closed its doors in 2009. 

But today, Microsoft announced that Sega-owned developer Relic Entertainment would be picking up the banner and will release a fourth installment in the Age of Empires series. 

You’re probably already familiar with Relic’s pedigree, since they worked on the Dawn of War and Company of Heroes strategy games. But what’s interesting is that this is the second major strategy IP that Microsoft has licensed out to a Sega-owned studio. Earlier this year, Creative Assembly released Halo Wars 2, which was a sequel to the last game made by the aforementioned Ensemble Studios. 

If the news of more Age of Empires brings back fond memories for you, be sure to read our classic postmortem on the second game in the series.

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Bryant Francis

Senior Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Bryant Francis is a writer, journalist, and narrative designer based in Boston, MA. He currently writes for Game Developer, a leading B2B publication for the video game industry. His credits include Proxy Studios' upcoming 4X strategy game Zephon and Amplitude Studio's 2017 game Endless Space 2.

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