Without Steam Link

Can I run AoE III D.E. without steam link or steam protocols???

as in independent of steam entirely?
that would require cracking, which takes the multiplayer part out, as well as future updates
unless you really want the MS store version of the game

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Steam shouldn’t belong to Xbox nor Microsoft Studios. I hope that AoE team should remove any other protocols except the microsoft account.

Then everyone could play your games at the same time than you. It’s the market my friend.

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If you really want this, you can get the game on MS Store:

But I would highly recommend against it.