Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, the classic real-time strategy game, now offers a free-to-play version. This change aims to revive interest among its dedicated community and increase its popularity.
What’s Included in the Free Version?
The free-to-play version of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is now on Steam. It lets you play a part of the full game with no time limits.
The trial includes three civilizations from the full versions which will rotate weekly. The first set of civilizations available are French, Haudenosaunee, and Russians.
Apart from the multiplayer civilizations, the trial version also has the first act of the game’s Blood, Ice, and Steel campaign, the Algiers Historical Battle with co-op support, and the 10 Art of War multiplayer tactics-focused tutorials.
Interested in playing Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition?
Download it now on Steam [Link] and start enjoying this classic real-time strategy game!
Playing with Full Version Players:
Players who are trying out the game for free can join and participate in multiplayer games alongside those who have purchased the full version.
However, only those who own the full version are eligible for Ranked play. Free trial players can host matches using eight maps from the full pool of maps, including Central Asia, Deccan, Great Plains, Guianas, Northwest Territory, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Saguenay.
It’s important to note that these maps are only available for hosting purposes and cannot be accessed by free-to-play players joining matches hosted by full game owners. When joining a match hosted by a full game owner, there are no restrictions on map selection for any player.
What is Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition?
The 2005 real-time strategy game Age of Empires III has been remastered by Tantalus Media and Forgotten Empires and published by Xbox Game Studios. This updated version was released on February 15, 2020, in honour of the original game’s 15th anniversary.
The Definitive Edition has several improvements compared to the original game, such as:
- 4K Ultra HD graphics: The game now features stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, with better textures, models, and animations.
- Additional civilizations: Two new civilizations, the Swedes and the Incas, have been introduced.
- Fresh campaigns: Enjoy two new campaigns inspired by the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
- Exciting features: Several exciting additions include a spectator mode, a new tutorial, and mod support.
Play the AOE III: Definitive Edition trial on Steam for free. The full version is also available for $19.99 on Steam or PC Game Pass. Microsoft’s decision provides an opening for new players to experience the classic real-time strategy game without spending a dime.