An Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating listing suggests that an Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition might be coming very soon. The age rating listing has been recently published by the ESRB for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, which many are taking to mean that the game’s release is imminent.
According to the ESRB listing, Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will be rated T (Teen), for mild blood, mild language, and violence. The listing goes into detail as to why the rating of T was given to the upcoming PC game.
This is a real-time strategy game in which players control empires from the Dark Age through the Imperial Age. From an overhead perspective, players complete campaigns, build structures, gather resources, and command/deploy military units (e.g., infantry, horsemen, war elephants) against nearby civilizations. Players can zoom in on military units, while they use swords, bows, and cannons to eliminate enemy forces and structures; battles are accompanied by weapon clashes, cries of pain, and explosions. Some battlefields depict impaled soldiers on spikes, and a handful of cutscenes depict images of soldiers impaled by arrows. One still-image sequence shows a large bloodstain on the ground along with blood splatter on parchment. The word “bastard” is heard in the game.
To make it seem even more plausible that the Definitive Edition is coming out soon, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1999 release of the original Age of Empires 2. In 2018 the first game in the franchise got its own Definitive Edition, improving on some of the visuals and other features of the 1997 game.
Whether or not the Definitive Edition will be released soon seems to be likely, but with no official confirmation from Microsoft, we will have to wait and see.
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