Developers working on Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition shared development details in a now-deleted post on the official Age of Empires forum on Friday.
The game will be undergoing a series of closed beta sessions starting in February and developers will be selecting participants through their official website. Players will be selected via their profile on ageofempires.com.
“If you joined us for the Age II: DE closed beta last year, we’ll be structuring things a bit differently this time around. Instead of one longer closed beta with a gradually expanding audience, we’ll be splitting the Age III: DE beta into several different, shorter sessions, which will feature focused slices of the game,” Developer MissValent1ne wrote on the now-deleted post.
“Our larger Age III: DE closed beta sessions will be dedicated to multiplayer, matchmaking, and the way the game feels when you play with others,” the post said. “We’ll be kicking off these multiplayer closed beta sessions starting in early February. Our plan is to ramp up by first including fans of the original Age III, so the February session will include a limited number of invitations; however, we’ll be making room for more Age fans and inviting a larger audience come March.”
According to the forum post, players will be selected to participate for both Steam and the Microsoft Store platform and will need to meet or exceed the following hardware requirements:
- Windows 10 64-bit
- 8GB RAM
- 2GB video memory
- DX11 / D3D11
- HD Graphics 4400 or more if using integrated Graphics
“Upload a DXDiag, if you haven’t already,” MissValent1ne wrote. “Given we’re looking to confirm the look and feel of the Age III: DE experience during these closed beta sessions, we will only be inviting participants with DXDiags that meet certain technical specifications.”
The team mentions that players should polish their profiles prior to Jan. 28.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition released on Nov. 14, 2019.