Now, a rumour has surfaced that Age of Empires 4 will release on Xbox consoles (presumably both Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S) with testing starting soon. Here's what you need to know about Age of Empires 4 on consoles.
Age of Empires 4 on Xbox consoles
First off, the Age of Empires 4 on Xbox consoles news is currently still a rumour, so take the information with a grain of salt.
With the disclaimer out of the way, Twitter user Aggiornamenti Lumia found a new mention of Age of Empires 4 via the Xbox Insider Hub. The person does appear to have a good track record.
The brand-new line of code is: XIP_CAR_JANUARY_2022
What does this line of code mean? Well, CAR is presumably short for Cardinal, the codename for Age of Empires 4. XIP is Xbox Insider Preview.
XIP_CAR_JANUARY_2022 (aka CARDINAL_JANUARY_2022) now available for internal testing in the Xbox insider Hub— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) January 8, 2022
Keep in mind that Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios do have a track record for porting previously PC-only exclusives to console, for example, Microsoft Flight Simulator.
While an intricate RTS title is more difficult to port to consoles due to the switch from mouse and keyboard to a controller layout, it is definitely not impossible.
Judging by the new line of code, we might get an official announcement about Age of Empires 4 on Xbox consoles sooner rather than later.
Age of Empires 4 Xbox release date
At the time of writing, there is no official release date for Age of Empires 4 on Xbox consoles.
According to the leaked information, there's a chance some are already playing Age of Empires 4 on consoles via the Xbox insider Hub or internal testing.
We will endeavour to update our readers once there is an official announcement of the Age of Empires 4 Xbox console port, as well as a release date.
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Featured image courtesy of Xbox Game Studios.