We now know which civs will have their own historical campaigns, too.
At tʜᴇ Xʙᴏx Gaᴍᴇs Sʜᴏᴡcᴀse Extᴇɴᴅed ᴏɴ Thursᴅᴀʏ, Age ᴏꜰ Empires 4 ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘer Emma Bridle ᴅʀᴏᴘped tʜᴇ naᴍᴇ ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ꜰɪɴᴀʟ ᴛᴡᴏ civilizᴀᴛiᴏɴs pʟᴀʏᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴ tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴀᴛ launch: tʜᴇ Holy Romᴀɴ Empire ᴀɴd tʜᴇ Rᴜs. Bridle ᴀʟsᴏ naᴍᴇd tʜᴇ ꜰɪɴᴀʟ ᴛᴡᴏ sɪɴglepʟᴀʏer ᴄᴀᴍᴘaigns ɪɴ Age 4, Tʜᴇ Rɪse ᴏꜰ Mosᴄᴏᴡ ᴀɴd tʜᴇ Mᴏɴɢᴏl Empire. "We're ɴᴏt ɢᴏɪɴg ᴛᴏ sʜᴏᴡ tʜᴇm ᴊᴜsᴛ ʏᴇᴛ—thᴀᴛ'll ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴄʟᴏsᴇr ᴛᴏ launch," Bridle sᴀɪᴅ ʙᴇꜰᴏʀe ʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴg tʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡs.
Age of Empires 4 is launching with eight civilizations and four historical campaigns, and now we know them all:English (Norman campaign)ChineseDelhi SultanateMongols (The Mongol Empire campaign)French (The 100 Years War campaign)Abbasid DynastyHoly Roman EmpireRus (The Rise of Moscow campaign)
During the showcase Age of Empires 4's developers talked a bit about how community feedback has influenced the game's design, including some tweaks to the UI—but naval combat got a special callout.
"We see data on all of the Age of Empires games, and naval was one of those things that in Age 2, a lot of people don't use it, but if it wasn't there people would miss it so much," said creative director Adam Isgreen. "Sometimes we have to ask those hard questions when we're making games. Do we need to do this? It's something we felt weird about, so we went to the [community] council and said 'Hey, even you guys don't play naval all the time. Do we need it?' And they said, 'We see your point, but no, you have to have this.' It was a great re-affirmation."
Age of Empires 4 has a beta coming before release, which is scheduled for October 28.