Age of Empires 4 has finally been announced, and it's under development by Relic Entertainment, the developers behind the Homeworld, Company of Heroes, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series.
Along with this announcement, remasters of Age of Empires 2 and 3 have been confirmed.
Regretably, the 4k remaster of the original Age of Empires, scheduled for release in October, will be exclusive to Windows 10 through the Windows Store. That means no Steam, no purely physical copies, and no older operating systems. This isn't a good sign for the future AoE games, as it raises the possibility they too will be exclusive to Windows 10 and the Windows Store. To throw some stats at you, only half of the Windows users on Steam are using 10, while a third are content sticking with 7, and that number isn't changing quickly; from 49%-28% to 51%-34% since January. If Microsoft insists on continueing this path, a very large demographic could miss out on the new entries to this wonderful series.