Unsigned executable connecting to Lan devices when starting AoE4

my IDS keeps reporting an unsigned executable named “reliccardinal_ws.exe” (\?\globalroot\device\harddiskvolumeXX\reliccardinal_ws.exe) trying to connect to devices in my local LAN when starting AoE4.
Example connection to a Google Home device: RelicCardinal_WS.exe - Album on Imgur

Has anybody noticed similar behavior?

Yes same here it also caused the game to crash according to event viewer

I just searched for this particular exe and I don’t have it. So that looks quite suspicious.

Hey @Canviz + All! The internal code name for Age of Empire IV is/was “Cardinal.” EXEs are not required by Windows to be signed, and I believe this is working as expected. Definitely no need to fear this file!