Over the weekend, Forgotten Empires dropped a bit of a frustrating bombshell on the fans of Age Of Empires. In their latest blog entry, the developers announced that the game’s Definitive Edition was going to be delayed indefinitely, with no formal plans to release it anytime soon. Below is a snippet from the post, but that’s got to frustrate people who tried out the closed beta and were looking forward to the release this week, even with all the reported issues they were having. Right now, I wouldn’t put any faith into their “early 2018” promises, either. Wait for a hard date to be confirmed before you get your hopes up on this one.
The challenge of re-releasing a classic is just that: it’s a classic and it deserves to be treated with careful reverence. At the same time, in a living, thriving genre, norms continually evolve, technology advances, and player expectations change. This is as true for RTS as for any other genre. So, the challenge is to recreate the experience not as it *actually* was but as we all remember it. How can we modernize the game while preserving the fun, discovery and magic of that first experience? To that end, rather than a final release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19, we will instead be inviting thousands more players from the community into our closed beta between now and launch to allow for more in-depth testing across single player campaign, multiplayer balance, fine-tuning the lobby, etc.