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Age of Empires 4: No Microtransactions, Yes DLC

There are a lot of trends in modern gaming. But Age of Empires 4 won’t be taking part in one major one: microtransactions.

According to a statement by Age of Empires Creative Director Adam Isgreen at the XO19 event in London, the upcoming RTS game will NOT use this alternative form of monetization.

“The idea of microtransactions in a real-time strategy game isn’t a thing. DLC, expansions – all of that is things that we’re going to be exploring for Age 4.”

This is a reassurance in the very microtransaction heavy gaming environment we’re living in right now.

Even better, Isgreen explains that said DLC will be strongly influenced by what the Age of Empires community is interested in seeing.

“Our pro players are even like, please don’t add more civilizations, please do other things. But we want to have those conversations with the community, to figure out what we can add. What are the things they want to see in the game? Things like game modes.
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While we definitely already have ideas in terms of where we want to go past Age 4, in terms of expansions and stuff, a lot of that is going to be driven by the community and the players, where they want to see the game going.”

It’s nice to hear that the development team is taking such an interest in their community. We’re curious as to what ideas they’ll decide to go with. We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

We’re still a fair way away from the release of Age of Empires 4. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for the recently released gameplay trailer, embedded above.