What Era Age of Empires IV should be?

Age of Empires 1 is on the Ancient Age
Age of Empires 2 is on the Medieval Age
Age of Empires 3 is on the Modern Age
Age of Empires 4?

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My favorite is the Medieval Age, but I also like the ancient setting.
A modern age would be okay, but this wouldn’t be the best choice for me .I wouldn’t like an AOE, which take place after 1800, but this is the most likely setting (Contemporary Age).
The future would be the worst age of all for me, but luckily this was locked out by Shannon Loftins, so AOE 4 won’t take place in the future. :slight_smile:
If AOE 4 will be a game with all ages, then I would prefer to make different modes, you can choose from. So, if you want to play in the ancient age, then choose this, if you want to play in the medieval age, then choose this etc… But the problem of this is, that they cannot focus on one age, so maybe some details will suffer because of that…
And of course they make Definitive Editions for AOE 1,2 and 3, so why they should make another game with an age, that take plays on these times.
The only thing I could imagine, that either the DE have something to sth do with AOE 4, or this games are a kind of tests, so that they can see, what the gamers like and what they don’t like.
So Microsoft and Relic could see, what to do better on the end game (AOE 4)…
But back to the question, I also would like all ages, but then there shouldn’t be a period after 1800.

@GameSkillar said:
My favorite is the Medieval Age, but I also like the ancient setting.
A modern age would be okay, but this wouldn’t be the best choice for me .I wouldn’t like an AOE, which take place after 1800, but this is the most likely setting (Contemporary Age).
The future would be the worst age of all for me, but luckily this was locked out by Shannon Loftins, so AOE 4 won’t take place in the future. :slight_smile:
If AOE 4 will be a game with all ages, then I would prefer to make different modes, you can choose from. So, if you want to play in the ancient age, then choose this, if you want to play in the medieval age, then choose this etc… But the problem of this is, that they cannot focus on one age, so maybe some details will suffer because of that…
And of course they make Definitive Editions for AOE 1,2 and 3, so why they should make another game with an age, that take plays on these times.
The only thing I could imagine, that either the DE have something to sth do with AOE 4, or this games are a kind of tests, so that they can see, what the gamers like and what they don’t like.
So Microsoft and Relic could see, what to do better on the end game (AOE 4)…
But back to the question, I also would like all ages, but then there shouldn’t be a period after 1800.

agree

Well, we’re already getting the Definitive Editions of AoE 1, 2 and 3 for the other ages, so the contemporary age seems the next logical step. If I want to play one of the other ages I would just play AoE 1, 2 or 3 and not 4.

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Making it take place in any of the previous Age games’ time periods would kind of defeat the purpose of making 3 definitive editions.

All eras would be cool, but it’s a bit outside the scope of one Age game.

4 implies that it follows 1-3, so making it contemporary would only make sense.

Most of us think of “Age of Empires” as covering older time periods, and that’s because it does. Nobody though of Medieval when thinking about AOE in 1998. Nobody thought of the New World when talking about AOE in 2003. Putting AOE 4 in a newer setting will be no different than any of those.

I voted for Contemporary Age but I think the time span used isn’t accurate since AOE III ends like at 1890 or somewhere close to it. Also the ending timeline should be until WWI or WWII, I don’t feel like going into modern days like as Rise of Nations does.

“Modern age” doesn’t have to pack in everything from 1800 to nowadays. In fact, there has been so much change in the military over the last two hundred years that trying to represent them all in one game will inevitably result in oversimplification. That would also imply entire campaigns spent in the same age, which is a gameplay problem. There is more than enough content in the XIXth century for it to make one game of its own!

I voted Contemporary Age as well, but I agree with others that from 1800 to today is too much. I 1800-1920 would be best in my opinion, but I’m personally bit biased because I love WW1 and it would be better than best as a setting.

“The contemporary Age is the only logical step” - Hmm, yes of course, but I doubt, that there can be a good AOE feeling. For me this age is too monotonous and “too fast” for an Age of Empires Game.
Besides, there are enough good other games for an WWI or WW2 setting in my opinion.
Of course there are the definitive Editions, but it’s the same engine as before. Of course I really like the new AOE 1 graphics, but anyway you see that the game is old. So it’s not like a new Age of Empires with a great engine and with new stories etc.

@GameSkillar said:
“The contemporary Age is the only logical step” - Hmm, yes of course, but I doubt, that there can be a good AOE feeling. For me this age is too monotonous and “too fast” for an Age of Empires Game.
Besides, there are enough good other games for an WWI or WW2 setting in my opinion.
Of course there are the definitive Editions, but it’s the same engine as before. Of course I really like the new AOE 1 graphics, but anyway you see that the game is old. So it’s not like a new Age of Empires with a great engine and with new stories etc.

Totally agree.

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I voted Medieval age because I would like to see an alternate take on it that pays homage to AOK, but does something different.

I would be happy if it was in the ancient age as well.

I voted contemporary because the series have to continue with the real timeline.
Maybe an AoE 5 or 6 should return to the beginning, but not yet.

@sobao said:
I voted contemporary because the series have to continue with the real timeline.
Maybe an AoE 5 or 6 should return to the beginning, but not yet.

Exactly, it misses the whole purpose of the game if it doesn’t follow the timeline.

Since AoE 1 & 2 were (and are still) my favorites games, I would like AoE 4 to stay in those periods. However, as many of you said, there would be no point in the 3 Definitive Editions.
On the other hand I think that having an AoE in the contemporary or future period would be too different, that it would not fit not only the name but also the spirit of the franchise. It would be at too much different game.
Then my suggestion would be to have a game that sets up from the oldest ages (prehistoric or so) to the beginning of the modern ages (or 1800), or either at the end of middle age. That way the spirit would still be there, and the longer timeline would allow something new, different, but not too much. (and that’s why I voted all ages even though I am thinking all ancient ages…)

but not until today, it should go from 1800-1918 (WW1 at maximum) imo

@rhrmn Your vote and opinion is missing, Community Sage :wink:

I miss ancient era… but at last I have Rome 2 TW and 0 A.D.

@Augustusman said:
I miss ancient era… but at last I have Rome 2 TW and 0 A.D.

And Age of Mythology and Age of Empires 1 DE

@WitchyBobcat029 said:

@Augustusman said:
I miss ancient era… but at last I have Rome 2 TW and 0 A.D.

And Age of Mythology and Age of Empires 1 DE

AoE DE isn’t released yet.
Mythology isn’t ancient era. Is Mythology. Vikings aren’t from ancient era.

@KingDarBoja said:
@rhrmn Your vote and opinion is missing, Community Sage :wink:

I would like to see AoE IV in the AoE, AoE II and AoE III timeframe.