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Is Age of Empires 4 Cross Progression?

Age of Empires IV, Relic Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios' upcoming RTS, released for PC (via Microsoft Store and Steam) on Oct. 28, 2021.
Age of Empires IV, Relic Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios' upcoming RTS, released for PC (via Microsoft Store and Steam) on Oct. 28, 2021. / Photo courtesy of Xbox Game Studios

Is Age of Empires 4 cross progression?

With the previous iteration in the beloved real-time strategy series — Age of Empires III — having came out in October 2005, fans had waited 15 years for its latest installment to release. Here's the breakdown of whether or not Age of Empires IV is cross platform.

Is Age of Empires 4 Cross Progression?

While Age of Empires IV does in fact support cross-platform multiplayer between those using their Xbox accounts on their PC and those on Steam, it does not appear that those who own the game on both ecosystems would be able to seamlessly keep the progress across them.

This is because the Xbox account doesn't share the same log-in as the Steam version, and vice versa. Since the game is PC-only anyway, there doesn't seem to be much that could be lost/gained from prioritizing one service to own it on over the other.

The RTS game just recently released for PC (via Microsoft Store and Steam) on Oct. 28, 2021. From day one, it has also been included with Xbox Game Pass for PC and Ultimate.

Spearheaded by the efforts of developer Relic Entertainment and publisher Xbox Game Studios, Age of Empires IV looks to have one of the most beloved real-time strategy series return to glory, putting players once again at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world.

Featuring both "familiar" and "innovative" new ways for players to expand their empire in vast landscapes with 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV aims to evolve the real-time strategy series to a new generation.

Players are said to be able to play how they want with user-generated content tools for custom games, PvP and PvE multiplayer modes up to seven other players, and a signature Campaign story mode.

For more on Age of Empires IV, feel free to check out our guide on how to play the English, as well as the French.