Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition Gameplay: What to Expect

What kind of gameplay can we expect to see in Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition?
What kind of gameplay can we expect to see in Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition? / Photo by Tantalus Media

Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition Gameplay brings the classic 2005 real time strategy game to the modern era. Age of Empire III Definitive Edition will feature improvements to the original, as well as some new additions just for the Definitive Edition. Here's what you can expect to see in Age III: DE.

Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition Gameplay

The Definitive Edition is a proper remaster of the 15-year-old Age of Empires III. It has updated 4K graphics and rebuilt 3D assets. Art of War challenges from Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be brought to Age III: DE, as well two new civilizations: the Swedes and the Incas.

A major change to the gameplay in the Definitive Edition comes to the depictions of the Native American civilizations. The team worked with tribal consultants to faithfully and respectfully portray those cultures. There are fundamental changes to the Native American civilizations. Gameplay mechanics have been updated to be culturally accurate and names have been changed to their Indigenous ones.

The game went into a few multi-player betas earlier this year, but non-disclosure agreements prevented participants from sharing their findings to anyone other than the developers. In an article on the official Age of Empire site, the development team noted aspects of the game that were adjusted or changed due to beta feedback. The UI will have multiple layouts to accommodate new players and returning veterans alike. Card management has some tweaks as well, with pre-constructed decks to help new players get into the action.

Multiplayer this time around is cross-platform, and isn't limited to just two players. Various aspects of the multiplayer mode, like the lobby, have been updated to match modern games much like the Age II Definitive Edition.

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition releases October 15 for PC via Steam, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass.