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Age of Wonders 4

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Age of Wonders 4
Age of Wonders 4 cover
Triumph Studios
Paradox Interactive
Release dates
Windows May 2, 2023
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions Cosmetic
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres 4X, TBS
Themes Fantasy
Series Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders 4 on HowLongToBeat
Age of Wonders 4 on IGDB
Age of Wonders 4 on MobyGames
Age of Wonders 4 on Wikipedia
Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders 1999
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne 2002
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003
Age of Wonders III 2014
Age of Wonders: Planetfall 2019
Age of Wonders 4 2023

Age of Wonders 4 is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view 4X and TBS game in the Age of Wonders series.

Aside from purchasable expansions (see Monetization), the developers have multiple major free updates planned for the game as part of its post-release support cycle. These will include bug and balance fixes, but also new free content and overhauled mechanics.[1] The first in line was the Wyvern Update (v1.003) that was released alongside the Dragon Dawn expansion on June 20, 2023, which included a long list of stability and multiplayer synchronization fixes, as well as new traits, a balance pass, map events, overhauled AI and tweaks to the interface.[2] The Watcher Update (v1.004) from August 15, 2023 overhauled the Magic Victory, tweaked underground areas, rebalanced the game and enabled crossplay between all PC versions and consoles.[3] The Golem Update (v1.005) from November 7, 2023 that was released alongside the Empires and Ashes expansion included an item forge mechanic, war coordination, broadened water gameplay, a rework of the Form Traits, minor quality-of-life improvements and the Pangea map template.[4] The Wolf Update (v1.006) from February 27, 2024 was released alongside the Primal Fury expansion, and included the bounty mechanic, UI tweaks, AI improvements, new free city upgrades, realm and trait randomization, new audio cues, balance changes and reworked necromancy.[5] The Mystic Update (v1.007) from June 27, 2024 was released alongside the Eldritch Realms expansion, and included the ability to control allied AI units in combat or AI units facing another human player, reworked Mystic culture, unit rebalancing and quality-of-life changes.[6]

General information

Official Discord for game series
Official Paradox Plaza forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website
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Premium Edition also available.
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Premium Edition also available.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Premium Edition also available.
Premium Edition also available.
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Premium Edition also available.
All versions require a Paradox Account for multiplayer.

Version differences

The Premium Edition includes the base game, the Expansion Pass and an unlock of the Archmage attire.


Type Notes
Expansion pack Announced expansion packs will include new cultures, ruler types, race forms, units, and campaigns.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
Cosmetic Three minor DLC are cosmetic options for ruler units.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Pre-Order Bonus Content Currently not available.
Sign-Up Content Bonus for signing up for a newsletter, but can be purchased separately instead from every store except Steam.
Archmage Attire Available as part of the Expansion Pass and the Premium Edition, not (yet) separately.
Dragon Dawn
Empires & Ashes
Primal Fury
Eldritch Realms

Essential improvements

Skip Paradox launcher

Run the game directly from AOW4.exe instead of Paradox Launcher.exe[7]
If AOW4.exe is set as the default executable in GOG Galaxy, it will correctly track play time and achievements, unlike with the Paradox Launcher.

Skip intro videos

Move, delete or rename video file[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Content\Title\Videos\Frontend
  2. Move, delete or rename IntroVideo.webm.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Age of Wonders 4\Config\Settings.cfg
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1669000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Age of Wonders 4\Storage
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1669000\remote\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1669000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Interface settings
Interface settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen added in patch 1.005 (Golem Update).[4]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, up to 8x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Option of refresh rate, ½ refresh rate, ⅓ refresh rate, ¼ refresh rate, or off.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Main settings
Main settings


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, ambiance, speech, effects, interface.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese


Crossplay between all platforms and stores is enabled as of the Watcher Update (August 15, 2023).[3]
Multiplayer settings
Multiplayer settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
9 Hot seat
Can be increased to 12 players with this official mod.
LAN play
Online play
9 Versus
Can be increased to 12 players with this official mod.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Constant connection to Paradox servers required.
Direct IP
Connecting via friend invites and access codes is available, however.

Issues resolved

Pantheon resetting

The Pantheon resetting can be caused by, but not limited to, installing the game on a different system even with a full save file transfer.
Follow the Steam community guide. Non-Steam users need to check the appropriate save game data location.[9]

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Interface Noesis

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-2700K
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870
Intel Iris Xe G7 (Tiger Lake)
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Dev Diary #20: Roadmap 2023 | Paradox Interactive Forums - last accessed on 2023-06-21
  2. Age of Wonders 4 - Update V1.003 "Wyvern" | Paradox Interactive Forums - last accessed on 2023-06-21
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Watcher Update is Here! | Paradox Interactive Forums - last accessed on 2023-08-15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Age of Wonders 4 - "Golem" Update Notes | Paradox Interactive Forums - last accessed on 2023-11-07
  5. Dev Diary #29 - Wolf Update | Paradox Interactive Forums - last accessed on 2024-02-27
  6. Dev Diary #33 - Mystic Update | Paradox Interactive Forums - last accessed on 2024-06-18
  7. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-05-02
  8. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-05-03
  9. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-12-24