Age of Empires 4 roadmap teases ranked play and mods

Microsoft just posted an updated roadmap for Age of Empires 4, which details a significant number of planned updates and fixes coming in the game’s Winter Update. This week’s update, though small, already introduces a number of performance fixes while the teams at World’s Edge and Relic Entertainment turn their attention towards polish and bug squashing.

Age of Empires 4 roadmap

Some of the new things you can look forward to in the Winter Update:

  • A toggle to view in-game player scores,
  • The Chinese Dynasty button will be less prominent in the UI
  • Viewing the Map post-match.
  • Mini-map readability

Balance and bug fixes include:

  • French Hulk ship nerf
  • Spearmen, Elite and Normal Crossbowmen buffs against Cavalry
  • Chinese Repeater crossbow price reduction
  • HRE Prelate will continue inspiring after being pushed
  • Mongol “Superior Mobility” fixed to work as intended
  • Fixed relic duplication with Rus Civilization

Big changes are in store for the Spring 2022 update. In addition to any potential bug fixes and balance updates that might be necessary, the following additions are planned:

  • The Patrol Command will be added to the game. (Thank you so much!)
  • Ranked Seasons for competitive play
  • User Generated Content and Tools for map making, modes and such.

I’m pretty excited to see what stuff players are able to make for Age of Empires 4 with those user tools! Fingers crossed that Age of Empires 4 doesn’t come with the same clause for modders that Blizzard issued for Warcraft 3 Reforged, which declares all community content to be property of the studio and its parent company Activision.

Age of Empires 4 roadmap

The Age of Empires 4 roadmap doesn’t get into detail about what is beyond what’s currently planned, bit there are a few indications from Xbox Wire, such as the addition of a global build queue, improvements to unit stat cards, refining hotkeys, waypoint indicators and a desire to make Easy AI easier and Hard AI harder.

Another exciting feature being looked into is the restoration of taunts and cheats! I’m hoping that marks the return of the classic Shelby Cobra from Age of Empires II!

Age of Empires IV is available on PC via the Microsoft Store. If you’re interested in trying it out for less, the game is available on Xbox Game Pass for PC. Wololo!