The game is published by Microsoft Studios and developed by Forgotten Empires.
The game released worldwide on March 28, 2017.
As the 3rd installment in the Age of Empires series, Age of Empires III was originally announced on August 20, 2008.
Age of Empires III is a real-time strategy game. It is the first game in the Age of Empires series released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
It was released alongside its expansions, The Asian Dynasties and The African Kingdoms.
The Asian Dynasties expansion was released on April 21, 2009.
The African Kingdoms expansion was released on May 11, 2009.
The Definitive Edition was released on March 28, 2017 as a free update for all players who purchased the original game.
The Definitive Edition changes the game, in general, to be more accessible, easier to learn and easier to play.
This has been done by allowing the player to turn off some complexity for a faster gameplay.
These have been added in the Definitive Edition and are explained in detail below:
Offensive game mechanics are turned off by default. They have been replaced with a new mechanics, not based on attack, as they were in the original game. This new mechanics are based on resource gathering.
Economic game mechanics are turned off by default. The game is no longer based on money, but on resources.
Base building (internal) mechanics are turned off by default. A few base buildings have been removed. They were not needed in the Definitive Edition, as these buildings were based on the technology tree.
Defensive game mechanics are turned off by default. The game is no longer based on defense, but on real production.
Defensive game mechanics are turned off by default. The game is no longer based on defense, but on a river system.
Militia mechanics are turned off by default. The game is no longer based on military units, but on an army that is composed of the units of the player.
Modifications of the gameplay to make it more accessible have been made, as well as changes to the mechanics.
Available strategies are simpler to learn, as the 3 single strategies are used on all map sizes.
A number of changes have been made to the mechanics. The main changes are explained below, for a detailed list, check the Definitive Edition changelog.
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