Hmm, I was originally in denial whether this would be for AoMDE or not, A lot of the job descriptions do however seem to state 1 year temp contracts, work on a custom legacy C++ engine and most positions state a direct correlation to RTS games, especially Age of Empires. Hell 3d animator/rigger literally states: “Animating human and non-human characters (bipeds and quadrupeds)” suggesting that it’s for AoMDE initally though considering AoE2DE has bipedal “non-human characters” like Ostriches, it’s not the best piece of proof.
I know Bang! engine (used for AoM and AoE3DE) is a C++ engine, though the older 2D Genie Engine is probably C++ as well, so not the best piece of evidence.
The simplest answer I can think of is that it is indeed for AoMDE, but that’s just based on the idea of current timing (AoM’s 20th anniversary is next year) and the contracts are all up to 1 year, suggesting “temporary expansion for a big project” combined with FE working on DOTD, and perhaps the AoE3DE African expansion (though I’d assume Tantalus is working on the art for that since they did the bulk of the art for AoE3DE, I could be wrong however)
Does imply however that maybe Tantalus only did AoE3DE maybe as an opening move as well, and may not be working on AoMDE.