Age of Empires is getting a HD makeover for its 25th anniversary, and you could take part in the beta test!
Age of Empires is one of the most iconic real-time strategy (RTS) titles ever made. Built by Ensemble Studios and originally launched in 1997, Age of Empires proved a huge hit, and the franchise went on to sell over 20 million copies.
In 2013, Microsoft launched Age of Empires II HD on Steam, and began issuing updates and even new expansions, despite the game’s age. Age of Empires II HD has proven insatiably popular, with eSports matches raking in tens of thousands of viewers on Twitch. Microsoft is now giving the original Age of Empires the same treatment, with refreshed 4K UHD visuals, improvements to A.I. and new zoom levels to give the classic game some modern flair.
Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or a newcomer, Age of Empires HD is about to hit closed beta with an insider program similar to Sea of Thieves. The invites will begin heading out this week, so if you’re ready to wololo yourself back into the medieval age, here’s where you can sign up!