Age of Empires IV

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Age of Empires IV
Age of Empires IV cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
World's Edge
Publishers
Xbox Game Studios
Engines
Essence Engine 5
Release dates
Windows October 28, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 81
OpenCritic 83
IGDB 82
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Medieval
Series Age of Empires
Age of Empires IV on HowLongToBeat
Age of Empires IV on IGDB
Age of Empires IV on MobyGames
Age of Empires IV on Wikipedia
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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires Online 2011
Age of Empires II (2013) 2013
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege 2014
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition 2018
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 2019
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 2020
Age of Empires IV 2021

Age of Empires IV is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Age of Empires series.

General information

Official Discord server for the series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Requires online activation
CD key
Choice of Microsoft Store or Steam key.
Microsoft Store
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Windows
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Microsoft Store
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
4K HDR Video Pack Free DLC; replaces standard campaign and reward video files with their 4K HDR counterparts.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Age of Empires IV\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1466860/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Age of Empires IV\Users\(UserID)\Savegames\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1466860/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed in menus and campaign videos
4K Ultra HD
The free 4K HDR Video DLC adapts the video files to this resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
The free 4K HDR Video DLC adapts the video files to this option.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Relates only to camera movement.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, speech, sound effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Off, movies only, movies and in-game options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Turkish
Vietnamese

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Ranked matchmaking (1v1 only) added on 7 April 2022.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues unresolved[edit]

Camera Movement stutter[edit]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-6300U
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 520
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1466860/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1466860) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References