Is Age of Empires 4 on Xbox Game Pass?

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Since the creation of Xbox Game Pass, there's been the question hanging over almost every game release of whether or not it comes to the service. In the case of Age of Empires 4, it's even more intriguing as it's a PC exclusive title (for now).

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So, will it be coming to Game Pass on release day or at some point in the future? Fortunately, we've got all the details you need!

UPDATE - It's Available Now!

Age of Empires 4 is now officially out and available for those who pre-ordered or anyone with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or for PC.

If you're not quite able to play staright away, be sure to check out our review of the game!

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Age of Empires 4 on Game Pass

Real-time strategy fans rejoice as Age of Empires 4 will be hitting Xbox Game Pass for PC on release day. As soon as the game is released, you can download it at no additional cost if you are a Game Pass PC or Ultimate subscriber.

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As you gear up for release which is on Thursday, 28 October, you can play multiple other Age of Empires titles that are also on the service. The Definitive Editions for all three previous games are now playable.

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What is Age of Empires?

For anyone unfamiliar with the franchise, Age of Empires is a real-time strategy game where you control a civilization from its inception and attempt to turn them into a world-ruling powerhouse.

Age of Empires IV takes players on a journey through the ages as they command influential leaders, build expansive kingdoms, and fight some of the most critical battles of the Middle Ages.

Think of a more grounded version and real-time of Civilisation where your direct actions have a little more influence on the outcomes of skirmish matches. There is also a fully-fledged campaign mode where you will follow the history of certain civilizations and reenact important battles and events as they would have happened in the past.

There are eight different civilizations to choose from, each with its strengths and weaknesses and some being much harder to lead to glory than others.