Age of Empires, one of the most beloved real-time-strategy games from the early days of Windows PC gaming—is getting a modern makeover. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a remaster that includes a new soundtrack, sharper visuals, and a swath of bug fixes and features that include improved pathfinding and a modern UI. There’s even Xbox Live support for multiplayer gaming. It’s due for release later this year for $20 (probably £15), and eager beavers can sign up to play a beta later in June.
Released in 1997, the original Age of Empires (developed by Ensemble studios) pitted armies from Europe, Africa, and Asia against each other in time periods stretching from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age, with the Roman Empire added via an expansion. Although its historical theme was similar to that of Civilization, Age of Empires‘ real-time battles made it a very different game.